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CHAIRMAN’S STATEMENT OF THE 31ST ASEAN SUMMIT 13 NOVEMBER 2017, MANILA PHILIPPINES 2nd Installment ASEAN Connectivity 10. We appreciated the efforts undertaken by the ACCC and relevant ASEAN Sectoral Bodies in strengthening the implementation arrangements of and socializing the MPAC 2025 to relevant stakeholders. We welcomed the complete establishment of…

FRANCISCO S. TATAD

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HOW we managed to blow P15.5 billion, if this figure is indeed correct, to light up the 50th anniversary of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean), the 31st Asean and12th East Asia summits, and the 13 other inter-related summits in Manila last week is a question the government must address with complete transparency. It seems too hefty a bill even by imperial standards.

The last time we hosted a comparable event, the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Economic Leaders Meeting in…

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WITH Communications Secretary Martin Andanar leading the Asean Ministers for Responsible Information (AMRI), the regional bloc’s seriousness in containing the spread of “fake news” becomes questionable. Remember that the former television news anchor had ceased to function as the primary spokesman of President Duterte after he irresponsibly accused members of…

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ONE week ago, the New People’s Army abducted 52-year old Gelino Vailoces near his home in Barangay Talakak, Sta. Catalina, Negros Oriental. Vailoces’ lifeless body was later found in Barangay Mantiquil, Siaton, 1.5 kilometers from the Special Civilian Armed Auxiliary (SCAA) detachment in Sitio Quadra where he was assigned. Sitio…

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Trump’s critics claim that he lacks a comprehensive approach to Asia. In reality, his current approach is aligned with moderate ‘America First’ goals. But what did Trump really achieve in Asia? WHILE former President Obama’s Asia pivot was based on multilateral trade agreements, which were mainly geopolitical and predicated on…

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