By Harvey I. Barkin
Rep. Mike Honda (D — Silicon Valley) reiterated his pledge to help Filipinos recently in the aftermath of Haiyan (Yolanda in the Philippines). His words brought comfort even to Filipinos who were devastated not by the super-typhoon but by the obstacles to immigration reform and the inability of Filipino veterans to get justice.
By Tarra Quismundo
The United States and Australia on Tuesday hailed reform gains by the Aquino administration and vowed to further expand longstanding ties with the Philippines as the country marked 115 years of independence.
By Rose Estepa and Florante Ibanez
Akbayan’s Rep. Walden Bello began a campaign tour of Filipino American communities to raise support for his party and President Benigno Aquino III’s common reform agenda in the coming May elections.
By Christine O. Avendaño
Southeast Asian leaders on Tuesday called for the lifting of international sanctions on Burma after the country’s historic by-elections, a senior Cambodian official said at a regional summit here.
By Jerry E. Esplanada
The Philippines congratulated Myanmar on Tuesday, describing the just concluded historic elections in the country as a “milestone in what appears to be Rangoon’s inexorable march toward democracy.”
Myanmar was making final preparations Saturday for polls seen as a test of the military-dominated regime’s reforms, in which opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi is standing for the first time.
Myanmar has released more than 300 people deemed by the opposition to be political prisoners, a minister said Saturday, after the West hailed the move as a substantial sign of reform.
Myanmar freed an outspoken critic and a major ethnic rebel as it released 6,300 convicts in its latest liberalizing move, but kept some political detainees behind bars, dampening hopes for a broader amnesty.