Asean News

Official rulings in Yingluck case revealed

BANGKOK (The Nation/ANN) - Only one judge said the former Thai premier did not have ill intent in rice-pledging scheme.

The Supreme Court’s Criminal Division for Political Office Holders on Tuesday published the full combined verdict as well as individual judgements of nine judges in the case against fugitive former prime minister Yingluck Shinawatra regarding her government’s rice-pledging scheme.

Cambodia moves its national census to 2019


PHNOM PENH (Rasmei Kampuchea Daily/ ANN) - The national census to be prepared next year was moved to March 03, 2019, because of the national election. 

The moving was made known in the inter-ministerial meeting held at the ministry of interior yesterday.

Philippines deploys enough manpower at airports for Asean Summit


MANILA (Philippine Daily Inquirer/ANN) - The Philippines' has beefed up its security and increased its manpower at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (Naia) and other international airports in the country in preparation for the holding of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) Summit next week.

OPINION: America and the Maranaw

MANILA (Philippine Daily Inquirer/ANN) - Marawi, formerly named Dansalan, was where the datus and sultans of Lanao issued the two historic Dansalan Declarations telling the US government to exclude the Moro provinces from the Philippine government’s territories after the forging of the Treaty of Paris, mainly because, they said, the country was inhabited by two peoples with different cultures and religions—the Christians in the north and the Muslims in the south.

Duterte slammed after De Lima handed global human rights honour

MANILA (The Philippine Daily Inquirer/ANN Desk) – Filipino lawmaker says freedom fighters hailed abroad, jailed at home

In the latest shot fired at the Duterte administration, Philippine congressman Edcel Lagman said it was a “pathetic irony” that Filipino human rights advocates are disparaged in their own country while they are recognised internationally.

Academics warn of Thai junta political party nominee

BANGKOK (The Nation/ANN) - Prawit says NCPO would form party ‘if necessary’ but denies collaboration with new ‘volunteers’.

Any attempt by the ruling National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO) to prolong its political power by setting up a nominee party would only repeat “the history of Thai politics” and be unhealthy for both politics and the junta itself, academics and politician have warned.

EDITORIAL: Time for Prayut to relinquish absolute power

BANGKOK (The Nation/ ANN) - Autocratic rule has outlasted its welcome as we head towards election a return to democratic norms

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha has never been aware of the damage his special powers are doing to the principle of rule of law.

Exercising those powers, granted him by Article 44 of the provisional constitution, also violated the spirit of reform as well as the norms and traditions of governance – most notably the system of checks and balances.

FEATURE: Asia’s rich exposed in Paradise (Papers)

JAKARTA (The Straits Times/ANN) - Former Indonesian army general Prabowo Subianto, former Japanese prime minister Yukio Hatoyama and Indian superstar Amitabh Bachchan are among those who allegedly used Appleby to hide their assets and evade certain taxes.

The rich and famous in Asia were not spared in the latest leak of confidential financial data, which shows how Bermuda law firm Appleby allegedly helped the wealthy around the world to set up offshore trusts in tax havens to hide their assets from the taxman at home.

FEATURE: President Moon set to unveil policy for Asean ties

SEOUL (The Straits Times/ANN) - The South Korean President is set to reveal a "New Southern Policy" with aims of boosting ties and economic cooperation with Asean countries.

South Korean President Moon Jae In is set to unveil a "New Southern Policy" aimed at boosting ties and economic cooperation with Asean countries, as he embarks on his first South-east Asian tour tomorrow (Nov 8).

OPINION: Cooperation would benefit US more than blame game

BEIJING (China Daily/ANN) - Trump is expected to play the same card when he visits Beijing after his stop in South Korea this week, as he called the United States’ trade deficit with China “embarrassing” and “horrible” ahead of his trip.

US President Donald Trump once again harped on his favourite bête noire, trade deficits, during his visit to Japan on Sunday, the first stop on his five-country Asia tour, saying his country had “suffered massive trade deficits at the hands of Japan for many, many years”.