Politics

Tobias Enverga, first Fil-Can senator, dies at 61

MANILA, Philippines—Senator Tobias C. Enverga, Jr., the first Filipino-Canadian senator, has died today. He was 61. Sen. Enverga passed away while in a parliamentary trip to Columbia on the morning of November 16, with his wife, Rosemer, by his side. The senator from Ontario was in Columbia for the annual ParlAmericas Plenary Assembly, along with …

China renews call for North Korea, US ‘freeze for freeze’

BEIJING—China on Thursday reiterated its call for an agreement between North Korea and the U.S. under which the North would gain concessions if it freezes its nuclear weapons program, apparently contradicting remarks a day earlier by President Donald Trump. Foreign ministry spokesman Geng Shuang Geng said China’s position has not changed and the “freeze-for-freeze” initiative, …

Top Indonesia official escapes arrest by anti graft police

JAKARTA, Indonesia—Indonesia’s anti-graft commission said Thursday it will declare the speaker of parliament a fugitive if he doesn’t turn himself in after being accused of involvement in the theft of $170 million of public funds. Local TV reported that Corruption Eradication Commission officials and paramilitary police went to Setya Novanto’s home late Wednesday night in …

Silence from Trump as Moore Alabama storm grows louder

WASHINGTON—President Donald Trump dodged questions about the turmoil in the Alabama Senate race on Wednesday, declining to join national Republicans who’ve called for Roy Moore to abandon the race amid allegations of sexual impropriety with teenage girls. Far from surrendering, Moore’s camp challenged the credibility of one of the accusers. Trump, who withstood allegations of …

1st GOP senator opposes tax bill in early sign of problems

WASHINGTON—Wisconsin’s Ron Johnson on Wednesday became the first Republican senator to say he opposes his party’s tax bill, signalling potential problems for GOP leaders. Passage of a similar package seemed certain Thursday in the House, where a handful of dissidents conceded they expected to be steamrolled by a GOP frantic to claim its first major …

Duterte urges ASEAN members to cooperate in addressing regional issues

President Rodrigo Duterte called on Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) member-states to cooperate in resolving issues that the region continues to face. Duterte, through Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque, said in a statement that “better” collaboration of the ASEAN members is needed in combating regional security issues, human trafficking, and the concern on illegal drugs. “The …

Duterte supports Japan’s moves vs. North Korea

President Rodrigo Duterte on Monday has expressed his support for Japan’s position against North Korea and its nuclear threat. Duterte gave the assurance to Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe when they both met during a bilateral meeting on the sidelines of the 31st Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Summit in Pasay City. At the …

No discussion of EJK with Trump -Duterte

The concerns on the alleged extrajudicial killings (EJK) as a result of the government’s crackdown against illegal drugs were not discussed during President Rodrigo Duterte’s meeting with United States President Donald Trump last Saturday in Vietnam. President Rodrigo Duterte said he has just exchanged chitchats with Trump during their first encounter in the Asia-Pacific Economic …

Duterte: PH remains ‘friends’ with China, Russia

President Rodrigo Duterte said he has renewed ‘friendship’ and solidified relations with world powers China and Russia after the APEC Economic Leader’s Meeting (AELM) in Vietnam. In his arrival speech, Duterte said he considered his bilateral meetings with Chinese President Xi Jinping and Russian President Vladimir Putin as the “most productive” part of his trip …

I killed at 16—Duterte

MANILA, Philippines—President Rodrigo Duterte on Thursday said that he took a person’s life at age 16. In a speech before the Filipino community in Vietnam, the president told a story of how blood on his hands dripped for the first time. “At the age of 16, may pinatay na ako eh. Tao talaga. Rumble. Saksak. …