• By MAGS Z. MAGLANA | THE POINT BEING

    Maglana: Missed opportunities in Philippine Asean chairmanship Saturday,

    THE Philippines chairs the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) this year and hosts the 31st Asean Summit and Related Summits. Much has been made of the significance of Philippine leadership of the Association just as the 10-member State organization is celebrating its 50th year, which also coincides with the first in office of President Rodrigo Duterte. It is the fourth time for the country to hold Aseanchairmanship since 1976 though. Read more.

  • By Sara Susanne D. Fabunan

    Asean members adopt hands-off stance on drug war

    THE 10-member Association of Southeast Asian Nations has taken a hands-off stance on the anti-drug measures adopted by its member-states despite concerns raised over possible human rights violations.

    A draft of the Asean chairman’s statement leaked to the media on Monday said it welcomed the assistance of dialogue partners and other external parties in addressing the drug problem through “capacity building, intelligence information sharing and other forms of cooperation consistent with relevant international laws,” but said it would leave to each country to decide how to deal with the problem. Read more.

  • By By Danielle Nakpil:

    ASEAN NGOs decry rights atrocities, inequitable policies in the region

    'An important element of the discussions is to really strengthen the solidarity of the peoples among Southeast Asia'.

    MANILA, Philippines – Hundreds of representatives of civil society groups and social movements from across the Southeast Asian region decried "the human rights atrocities, breakdown of rule of law, and unjust inequitable economic policies in the region." (READ: Why you should care about ASEAN integration)Read more.

  • By By: Cielito F. Habito - @inquirerdotnet

    Pulling Asean together

    Working together and moving as one spell the essence of the Asean Community, defined under economic, sociocultural and political-security pillars, and each pillar with its own blueprint for action. Their avowed aim is closer regional integration. The first step leading to this is effective collaboration. Read more.

  • By By NICOLE-ANN C. LAGRIMAS, GMA News

    Southeast Asian civil society groups renew call for ‘genuine’ inclusion in ASEAN talks

    Civil society organizations from all over Southeast Asia on Tuesday reiterated their longstanding call for the leaders of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations to heed "the people's voice" clamoring against the current development model of the 50-year-old economic block. Read more.

  • By Bong Santisteban

    Civic groups offer 10 recommendations to make ASEAN inclusive

    ASEAN civil society groups say that the protection of human rights in the region is 'inadequate'.

    MANILA, Philippines - Voices from the margins are not being heard at the 31st Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Summit in Manila, various civic groups from across the region said on Tuesday, November 14.Read more.

  • By JP LOPEZ : November 14, 2017

    6 cops, 50 protesters hurt in anti-Trump rally

    Members of militant groups affiliated with Bayan wanted to hold a rally in front of the Philippine International Convention Center to denounce the visit of US President Donald Trump for the Asean Summit but were blocked by two trucks deployed by police.. Read more.

  • By By Kristine Joy Patag (philstar.com) |

    Activist group slams 'violent dispersal of peaceful demonstration'

    Members of militant groups affiliated with Bayan wanted to hold a rally in front of the Philippine International Convention Center to denounce the visit of US President Donald Trump for the Asean Summit but were blocked by two trucks deployed by police.. Read more.

  • By Jeff Caparas, Romel Lopez, News5 | InterAksyon |

    WATCH & LOOK | Protesters vs Trump, 6 cops hurt in dispersal; ralliers to return Tuesday

    MANILA – (UPDATE 2, 7:30 P.M) Dozens of protesters and six policemen were injured Monday when security forces forcibly dispersed, with truncheons and water cannons, a phalanx of anti-Trump activists who were trying to advance nearer the US Embassy as the 31st ASEAN Summit and related meetings opened a few kilometers away. Read more.

  • By By Khoo Ying Hooi

    Asean at 50: Civil society is an ally, not enemy

    It is a busy week in the Philippines. The 31st Asean Summit and related meetings are scheduled to take place from 10-14 November. At the same time, the civil society-led forum, the Asean Civil Society Conference/ Asean People's Forum (ACSC/APF) is also scheduled to take place in the University of the Philippines in Diliman, Quezon City. While Asean Youth Forum (AYF), an initiative by the youths took place from 4-7 November also in the Philippines. Read more.

  • By Sara Susanne D. Fabunan

    Asean members adopt hands-off stance on drug war

    THE 10-member Association of Southeast Asian Nations has taken a hands-off stance on the anti-drug measures adopted by its member-states despite concerns raised over possible human rights violations. Read more.

    Southeast Asian civil society to ASEAN: 50 years of exclusion is enough

    By InterAksyon | August 8, 2017, 1:17 AM

    MANILA – While officials of ASEAN governments and their dialogue partners met behind closed doors for the ASEAN and East Asia meetings, over 1,000 members of civil society marched Monday to call for an end to what they said had been 50 years of exclusionary, elitist growth.. Read more.