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Widodo kicks off Asean introduction with PH visit

In this photograph taken on August 19, 2014, Indonesian president-elect Joko Widodo popularly known by his nickname Jokowi  is photograph during AFP interview in his Jakarta governor's office. With the court challenge by his rival ex-general Prabowo Subianto defeated and the last element of doubt over his victory gone, Jokowi is now focusing on how to push his ambitious reform plans when he takes office in October.    AFP PHOTO / ROMEO GACAD

Indonesia’s new president Joko “Jokowi” Widodo is set to visit the Philippines as part of introductory visits in the Southeast Asian Region, the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) said Thursday.

Posted: October 23rd, 2014 in Latest Global Nation Stories | Read More »

Single-visa system for Asean proposed in House


Two lawmakers are pushing for a single-visa scheme among the 10 members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations to improve relations and boost tourism.

Posted: October 11th, 2014 in Latest Global Nation Stories | Read More »

Aquino defends ‘checks and balances’

President Benigno Aquino III AFP FILE PHOTO

President Benigno Aquino defended Friday the need for checks and balances in a democracy although he admitted it was sometimes tempting to do away with them so things could get done faster.

Posted: October 10th, 2014 in Latest Global Nation Stories | Read More »

Stronger Asean response to climate change pressed

This Aug. 14, 2010, file photo shows an aerial view of the flooded Rohjan area in southern Pakistan. Prominent climate scientist Kerry Emanuel of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology said Monday, July 8, 2013, that rising greenhouse gas emissions could lead to a 10 to 40 percent increase in the frequency of tropical cyclones by the year 2100.  AP PHOTO

A regional coalition of environmentalists are demanding a stronger and united response by the Association of Southeast Asian Nations to climate change, which has the most impact on a region where natural disasters cause $4.4.billion in damage annually.

Posted: September 22nd, 2014 in Latest Global Nation Stories | Read More »

Asean integration does not bode well for PH agriculture, says exec

Hacienda Luisita workers. INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

Asean economic integration might have dire consequences for Philippine agriculture, which remains largely underdeveloped and “un-mechanized” and is, therefore, ill-equipped to compete in the free market, an undersecretary in the Department of Labor and Employment said here Tuesday.

Posted: September 17th, 2014 in Latest Global Nation Stories | Read More »