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Opinion: Is Asean experiencing a mid-life crisis?

  On August 8, 1967, foreign ministers from Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, Indonesia and the Philippines signed the Bangkok Declaration to create the Association of Southeast Asian Nations or ASEAN, as it now universally known. Fifty years on the grouping includes all southeast Asian countries, with the exception of Timor Leste….


Bramovich: The problem with the Philippines

In a country where one in four people are below the poverty line it’s no surprise that there are a lot of social problems. According to the CIA World Fact Book the number of people living below the poverty line is 25.2%. That equates to the population of Australia. Looking…


“The Goldberg Plan” – Is there a secret US plot to topple Duterte?

Former US ambassador to the Philippines Philip Goldberg has been accused of writing a blueprint for a plot to topple President Duterte. The existence of a “Goldberg Plan” has been denied by the State Department in Washington and dismissed by a Malacañang spokesman as irrelevant given the president’s popularity. Details of…


British Columbia, Canada, to open “trade and investment” office in Manila

The British Columbia government will open a new trade and investment office in the Philippines as part of its ongoing drive to step-up its trade in the Asia-Pacific region. The Philippine consulate general in Vancouver said that Suzanne Anton, British Columbia Minister of Justice and Attorney General, announced this week that…