Daily Archives: 19 mars 2017

On 19 March in Asian history

ON 19 MARCH IN ASIAN HISTORY

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Updated on March 19, 2017

1206: Birth of Güyük Khan, Mongol ruler, 3rd Great Khan of the Mongol Empire, who died on April 20, 1248
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/G%C3%BCy%C3%BCk_Khan
http://www.iranicaonline.org/articles/gyk-khan

1279: In China, a Mongol victory in the naval Battle of Yamen ends the Song dynasty. In the battle, Chinese Emperor Bing is drown
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Yamen
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Emperor_Bing_of_Song
http://history.cultural-china.com/en/34History8051.html
http://history.04007.cn/en.php/HisMain/2504.html

1434: Birth of Ashikaga Yoshikatsu, 7th shogun (1442-1443) of the Ashikaga Shogunate, who died in a riding accident in August 1443
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ashikaga_Yoshikatsu
http://www.japan-photo.de/e-yoshikatsu.htm

1571: Spanish troops occupy Manila
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Manila_(1570)

1610: Death of Hasegawa Tohaku, Japanese painter, born in 1539
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hasegawa_T%C5%8Dhaku
http://www.theartwolf.com/landscapes/hasegawa-tohaku-pine-trees.htm
https://www.google.fr/search?q=Hasegawa+Tohaku&biw=1301&bih=641&source=lnms&tbm=isch&sa=X&ei=eagJVdDBAZTeauKbgOgG&ved=0CAYQ_AUoAQ&dpr=1.05

Hasegawa Tohaku

1723 : Birth of Josefa Gabriela Silang, the first Filipino woman to lead a revolt during the Spanish colonization of the Philippines, hanged on September 29, 1763
http://www.bayaniart.com/articles/gabriela-silang-biography/
https://kahimyang.com/kauswagan/articles/1023/today-in-philippine-history-march-19-1723-josefa-gabriela-silang-was-born-in-santa-ilocos-sur
http://jeanrojas.tripod.com/id11.html

Josefa Gabriela Silang

1853: In China, the Taiping reform movement occupies and makes Nanjing its capital until 1864
http://taipingrebellion.com/yangtze.htm
http://history.04007.cn/en.php/HisMain/2657.html

1858: Birth of Kang Youwei, Chinese political thinker who, with the support of Emperor Guangxu, tried to modernize the Chinese monarchy but blocked par Empress Ci Xi and who died on March 31, 1927
http://chinatown.library.uvic.ca/kang_youwei
http://www.google.fr/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=web&cd=15&ved=0CHIQFjAO&url=http%3A%2F%2Futcp.c.u-tokyo.ac.jp%2Fpublications%2Fpdf%2FUTCPBooklet17_08_Tay.pdf&ei=28MJVcnDK8mzUa7sgcgO&usg=AFQjCNHMjCVnGd085vq6kKtjOFgKZ6xezw&sig2=vz4MSkIbbkXXKH4drcdb4Q
http://history.04007.cn/en.php/HisMain/2468.html

1875: Birth of Zhang Zuolin, warlord of Manchuria, murdured by the Japanese on June 4, 1928
http://totallyhistory.com/zhang-zuolin/
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zhang_Zuolin

1914: Birth of Jiang Qing, last wife of Mao Zedong, who committed suicide on May 14, 1991
http://chineseposters.net/themes/jiangqing.php
http://www.newworldencyclopedia.org/entry/Jiang_Qing

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MjzKbzFgaH8

1919: Birth of general Sein Win, seventh Premier of Burma (1974-1977) who died on March 29, 1977
http://dic.academic.ru/dic.nsf/enwiki/7979027

1945: World War II: Off the coast of Japan, a dive bomber hits the aircraft carrier USS Franklin, killing 724 of her crew. Badly damaged, the ship is able to return to the U.S. under her own power
http://www.ussfranklin.org/

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o82ASjYJDbw

1947: The Nationalists troops of Chiang Kai-shek capture Yan’an (Yenan), the communist capital of Mao Zedong
http://www.marxists.org/reference/archive/mao/selected-works/volume-4/mswv4_18.htm

1949: The Light Cruiser Chongqing (ex HMS Aurora) who joined the communist forces is bombed by the Guomindang planes in Yantai (Shandong) and will sink on March 21
http://www.modelshipgallery.com/gallery/cl/roc/chongqing-300-dh/dh-index.html
http://history.04007.cn/en.php/HisMain/3031.html

1949-03-19 Chongqing cruise

1955: Birth of Simon Yam, Hong Kong actor
http://simonyam.com/biography/

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DlkgjM1s18g

1955: Ichiro Hatoyama is elected Japan Prime Minister and forms a Liberal government
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ichir%C5%8D_Hatoyama
http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=6135682

1960: General elections in Sri Lanka after PM Bandaranaike was shot by a Buddhist monk, won by the United National Party

1964: Birth of Yoko Kanno, Japanese composer
http://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Y%C5%8Dko_Kanno
http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0437819/
http://www.dailymotion.com/video/x441y_yoko-kanno_music

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=byhcdd6_eKk

1965: Indonesia nationalizes all foreign oil companies

1966: The South Korean Assembly votes to send 20,000 additional troops to Vietnam to join the 21,000 Republic of Korea (ROK) forces already serving in the war zone
http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/seoul-agrees-to-send-additional-troops

1967: Birth of Jia Hongsheng, Chinese actor, who commited suicide on July 5, 2010
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jia_Hongsheng
http://www.traileraddict.com/trailer/quitting/trailer

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MWgcUtRWjuo

1970: In Cambodia, the National Assembly grants « full power » to Premier Lon Nol, declares a state of emergency, and suspends four articles of the constitution, permitting arbitrary arrest and banning public assembly
http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/national-emergency-declared-in-cambodia

1972: India and Bangladesh sign a friendship treaty
http://www.commonlii.org/in/other/treaties/INTSer/1972/6.html

1973: Opening at La celle-Saint-Cloud (France) of long negotiations between the Provisional Revolutionary Government (PRG) of the Vietcong and a delegation of the Saigon government

1975: Birth of Vivian Hsu (Hsu Shu-juan), Taiwanese actress, model and singer
http://women.stareastasia.com/vivian-hsu/
http://yummycelebrities.com/2006/09/03/vivian-hsu/

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UY76lVBYUD0

1980: Birth of Mikuni Shimokawa, Japanese singer
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mikuni_Shimokawa

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L4_TrANYLAI

1981: Birth of Kim Rae Won, South Korean actor and model
http://wiki.d-addicts.com/Kim_Rae_Won

1998: Death of E.M.S. Namboodiripad, Indian Communist politician, former Chief Minister of Kerala, born on June 13, 1909
http://www.iloveindia.com/indian-heroes/e-m-s-namboodiripad.html
http://www.mapsofindia.com/on-this-day/19-march-1998-ems-namboodiripad-first-chief-minister-of-kerala-died
http://www.veethi.com/india-people/e._m._s._namboodiripad-profile-179-19.htm

 1998: In Cambodia, Ousted Prime Minister Norodom Ranariddh, is condemned in absentia at thirty years in prison, accused of having fomented a coup d’état with the Khmer Rouge in July 1997

1998: In India, the nationalist BJP Atal Bihari Vajpayee sworn in as new PM
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Second_Vajpayee_ministry
http://www.bjp.org/shri-atal-bihari-vajpayee

2000: Death of Li Huanzhi, Chinese composer, born on January 2, 1919
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Li_Huanzhi

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ji8nEwgCyms

2000: Death of Shafiq-ur-Rehman (humorist), Pakistani humorist and writer, born on November 9, 1920
http://urduadab4u.blogspot.fr/2011/01/shafiq-ur-rahman-famous-urdu-humorist.html

2004: Taiwanese President Chen Shuibian and vice-president Annette Lu are lightly wounded in an pistol attack, the day before new presidential elections
http://www.nytimes.com/2004/03/19/international/asia/taiwanese-leaders-survive-shooting-incident-ahead-of-vote.html
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2004/mar/20/china.jonathanwatts
http://www.tzengs.com/News/Assasin/photos_.htm

2008: Death of Raghuvaran, Tamil, Telugu and Malayalam actor, born on December 11, 1948
http://www.oneindia.com/2008/03/19/actor-raghuvaran-passes-away-1205908651.html
http://www.indiaglitz.com/raghuvaran-passes-away-tamil-news-37336
http://www.filmibeat.com/celebs/raghuvaran/biography.html

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zSlOiVqDdZI

2011: Thailand’s prime minister Abhisit Vejjajiva survives a no-confidence vote in a censure motion marked by allegations of corruption, mismanagement and conflicts of interest
http://english.aljazeera.net/news/asia-pacific/2011/03/20113194843541330.html

2012: An international judge resigns from the UN-backed Khmer Rouge war crimes tribunal, citing political interference by Cambodia’s government after he tried to investigate more suspects. Judge Laurent Kasper-Ansermet, the Swiss co-investigator, whose predecessor Siegfried Blunk quit for similar reasons, said he had been constantly undermined by his Cambodian counterpart, You Bunleng.
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2012/03/2012319143340854125.html
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-17432484

2014: In what will be called The Sunflower Movement, hundreds of students and activists opposed to a trade deal with China occupy Taiwan’s parliament and defied police efforts to evict them
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/taiwan/10707189/Protesters-storm-parliament-in-Taiwan.html
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-26641525

2015:Japan and China held security talks after a four-year hiatus because of simmering territorial tensions with the two sides agreeing to hold meetings « more frequently » to speed up a thaw in once-frozen relations, officials
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-31957664

2015: Cambodian MPs approve two controversial election laws which were condemned by rights groups as undemocratic for including restrictive provisions such as banning NGOs from criticising parties during election campaigns
http://www.rfa.org/english/news/cambodia/parliament-passes-controversial-election-laws-03192015160033.html

Philippines foreign Policy & security

PHILIPPINES FOREIGN AFFAIRS AND SECURITY

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19 MARCH 2019

China too powerful to confront, Durterte says

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte said Sunday he could not stop China from building on a disputed shoal near his country’s west coast because it was too powerful
https://asiancorrespondent.com/2017/03/philippines-duterte-says-not-war-china-cant-stop-scarborough-shoal-activities/#H2H4yozdRHh0LQvW.97
http://globalnation.inquirer.net/153556/duterte-cant-stop-china-panatag
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asean/1217622/duterte-bound-for-bangkok-monday-cant-stop-china

27 FEBRUARY 2017

Duterte plays a dangerous game in the South China Sea

Philippine president’s courting of China as he pivots away from the United States could reap dividends – or a military coup
http://www.scmp.com/week-asia/geopolitics/article/2073858/duterte-plays-dangerous-game-south-china-sea

1 FEBRUARY 2017

Philippine communist rebels end ceasefire, accuses Duterte’s government of human rights abuses

The move comes after a third round of peace talks aimed at ending decades of bloodshed wrapped up in Italy last week with no deal on a permanent truce
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/southeast-asia/article/2067244/philippine-communist-rebels-end-ceasefire-accuses-dutertes
http://www.manilatimes.net/reds-resume-war/310159/
http://www.straitstimes.com/asia/se-asia/philippines-communist-rebels-end-ceasefire-but-still-support-peace-talks

16 JANUARY 2017

Philippines filed diplomatic protest over South China Sea buildup: Minister

The Philippines has filed a diplomatic protest with China, its foreign minister said on Monday, over Beijing’s installation last year of anti-aircraft and anti-missile systems on its manmade islands in the disputed South China Sea
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/philippines-filed-diplomatic-protest-over-south-china-sea/3442404.html
http://www.straitstimes.com/asia/se-asia/philippines-quietly-protests-chinas-weapons-installations-on-islands

10 JANUARY 2017

Duterte wants Mindanao peace, does MILF want it too?

Last week, armed rebels with links to the Moro Islamic Liberation Front attacked a jail in the southern Philippines and freed their leaders. Are the group’s lower ranks getting frustrated with the ongoing peace process?
http://www.dw.com/en/duterte-wants-mindanao-peace-does-milf-want-it-too/a-37078888

7 JANUARY 2017

Duterte asks Russia: Be Philippine ally and protector

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte continued his offer of friendship to Russia as he visited a Russian antisubmarine vessel docked in Manila
http://www.asianews.network/content/duterte-asks-russia-be-philippine-ally-and-protector-36851
https://sputniknews.com/asia/201701071049353801-philippines-duterte-bases/

3 JANUARY 2017

Russian warships visit Manila in Moscow’s bid to hold maritime drills

Russia wants to hold maritime drills with the Philippines to help combat terrorism and piracy, sending two warships to Manila for the first official navy-to-navy contact, as President Rodrigo Duterte pivots to United States’ traditional rivals
https://asiancorrespondent.com/2017/01/philippines-russian-warships-manila-moscows-maritime-drills/

20 DECEMBER 2016

China offers $14 million arms package to Philippines for free

China has offered to provide $14 million worth of small arms and fast boats to the Philippines for free, aiding President Rodrigo Duterte’s war on drugs and fighting terrorism, Manila’s defence minister said on Tuesday
http://www.asiapacificstar.com/index.php/sid/250331103
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/diplomacy/article/2056027/china-offers-14-million-arms-package-philippines-free

24 NOVEMBER 2016

Communist rebels see Philippine-US ties troubling peace deal

Communist guerrillas warned that a peace deal with President Rodrigo Duterte’s government is unlikely to be reached if he won’t end the Philippines’ treaty alliance with the United States and resist foreign control by other countries he’s trying to befriend, like China and Russia
http://www.asiapacificstar.com/index.php/sid/249664433

20 NOVEMBER 2016

Meeting Putin, Duterte rails at Western ‘hypocrisy’

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte lashed out at Western « bullying » and « hypocrisy » during his first meeting with Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin and said when it came to alliances, the United States could not be trusted
http://www.chinadailyasia.com/asia/2016-11/20/content_15528859.html
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/nov/20/rodrigo-duterte-slames-western-hypocrisy-as-he-meets-putin

14 NOVEMBER 2016

Philippines’ Duterte makes U-turn on US order for 26,000 rifles

The Philippines police will push ahead with the purchase of 26,000 assault rifles from a US supplier, the police chief said on Monday, following an about-face by President Rodrigo Duterte, who previously said the deal would be scrapped
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/southeast-asia/article/2045745/philippines-duterte-makes-u-turn-us-order-26000-rifles
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/philippines-police-boss-says-us-guns-deal-after-duterte-u-turn

2 NOVEMBER 2016

Philippines’ Rodrigo Duterte lashes United States ‘monkeys, fools’ for halting sales of 26,000 weapons

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte chides the United States for halting the planned sale of 26,000 rifles to his country, calling those behind the decision « fools » and « monkeys » and indicating he might turn to Russia and China instead
http://www.radioaustralia.net.au/international/2016-11-03/philippines-rodrigo-duterte-lashes-united-states-monkeys-fools-for-halting-sales-of-26000-weapons/1630234
https://asiancorrespondent.com/2016/11/philippines-can-buy-assault-rifles-russia-duterte-says-us-suspends-sale/

27 OCTOBER 2016

Japan, Philippines vow closer partnership

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte vowed to strengthen their countries’ strategic partnership but skipped forging a Visiting Forces Agreement (VFA) that would allow joint war games of their armed forces
http://gulfnews.com/news/asia/philippines/japan-philippines-vow-closer-partnership-1.1919702

25 OCTOBER 2016

Duterte warns end to US defence pact during Japan visit

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has arrived in Japan for three-day of talks, but the first day of his visit was overshadowed by his rants against the United States, calling Americans « foolish » while threatening to cut off a 2014 defence pact with Washington DC
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2016/10/duterte-warns-defence-pact-japan-visit-161025141718165.html

20 OCTOBER 2016

Duterte announces ‘separation’ from US; aligns Philippines with China

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte announced his « separation » from the United States on Thursday, declaring that it had « lost » and he had realigned with China as the two agreed to resolve their South China Sea dispute through talks
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/duterte-announces-separation-us-aligns-philippines-china
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2016/10/philippines-duterte-china-announces-split-161020131226993.html
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/diplomacy-defence/article/2038577/philippines-president-rodrigo-duterte-gets-red-carpet

19 OCTOBER 2016

Philippines’ Duterte says ‘goodbye’ to US ties in Beijing

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte said it was « time to say goodbye » to the US during a visit to China on Wednesday, as the combative leader reconfigures his country’s diplomatic alliances
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/philippines-duterte-says-goodbye-to-us-ties-in-beijing/3219936.html
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-10-20/rodrigo-duterte-says-south-china-sea-case-to-take-back-seat/7948474?section=world
http://www.straitstimes.com/asia/east-asia/china-praises-friendly-philippine-president-rodrigo-duterte-during-visit

Anti-US protests dispersed in Manila

Philippine police used tear gas to disperse about 1,000 anti-US protesters outside the US embassy in Manila on Wednesday, as television news footage showed a patrol van, which had come under attack, driving at demonstrators
http://www.atimes.com/article/anti-us-protests-dispersed-manila-duterte-china/
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-37702784

6 OCTOBER 2016

Rodrigo Duterte wants to liberate Philippines from United States ‘shackling dependency’, Minister says

The President of the Philippines wants to liberate his country from a « shackling dependency » on the United States which can not guarantee its help when Philippine sovereignty is under threat, the foreign minister says
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/duterte-wants-liberate-philippines-us-shackles-foreign-minister

4 OCTOBER 2016

Duterte tells Obama ‘you can go to hell’ in new tirade

President Rodrigo Duterte told his US ally Barack Obama « you can go to hell » in a speech Tuesday that was his latest tirade against the US over its criticism of his deadly anti-drug campaign
http://www.philstar.com/headlines/2016/10/04/1630518/duterte-tells-obama-you-can-go-hell-new-tirade
http://news.abs-cbn.com/news/10/04/16/duterte-to-obama-go-to-hell
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/southeast-asia/article/2025064/philippine-leader-duterte-tells-obama-go-hell-eyes-arms
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-10-04/philippine-us-war-games-under-way/7903038?section=world

US, Philippines launch war games amid uncertainty over ties

 The US and Philippines have launched war games as relations between the two allies have been cast into doubt. The new Philippines president has vowed to make the country less dependent on the US
http://www.dw.com/en/us-philippines-launch-war-games-amid-uncertainty-over-ties/a-35952731
http://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20161004_27/

27 SEPTEMBER 2016

Philippines Duterte seeks alliances with China and Russia

President Duterte said on Tuesday he would build by next year “new alliances” with China and Russia to cushion the fallout from the possible withdrawal of the United States from the Philippines
http://www.worldaffairsjournal.org/content/philippines-president-duterte-seeks-alliances-russia-china
http://www.beijingbulletin.com/index.php/sid/248009851

 

12 SEPTEMBER 2016

Duterte says he wants US special forces out of southern Philippines

After blasting the United States supposedly for interfering in his war on drugs, President Duterte yesterday said he wanted American troops out of Mindanao as he blamed Washington for the conflict and security threats in the South
http://www.philstar.com/headlines/2016/09/13/1623292/rody-wants-us-troops-out-mindanao
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/duterte-says-he-wants-us-special-forces

06 SEPTEMBER 2016

Obama calls off meeting with Philippine leader after ‘whore’ jibe

US President Barack Obama has cancelled a meeting with controversial Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte, who had earlier called him a « son of a whore ».
http://www.worldaffairsjournal.org/content/obama-calls-meeting-duterte-following-insult
http://www.radioaustralia.net.au/international/2016-09-06/barack-obama-scraps-planned-talks-with-rodrigo-duterte-over-son-of-a-whore-slur/1614908

Japan to provide planes, ships for Philippines amid sea dispute with China

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Tuesday agreed to provide two large-sized patrol ships and lend up to five used surveillance aircraft to the Philippines, a Japanese government spokesman said, with both countries locked in territorial disputes with China.
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/southeast-asia/article/2016212/japan-provide-planes-ships-philippines-amid-sea-dispute
http://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20160906_37/

21 AUGUST 2016

Philippine President Duterte threatens to quit UN after it calls for end to drug war-related killings

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte railed against the United Nations on Sunday (Aug 21) after it called for an end to the wave of killings unleashed by his war on drugs, saying he might leave the organisation and invite China and others to form a new one
http://www.straitstimes.com/asia/se-asia/philippine-president-duterte-threatens-to-quit-un-after-it-calls-for-end-to-drug-war
http://www.philstar.com/headlines/2016/08/22/1616049/rody-threatens-quit-un

8 AUGUST 2016

Philippines receives first Japanese coast guard vessel

The Philippines received the first of ten coast guard vessels from Japan Thursday, the coastguard said, as the two countries boost security ties in the face of their separate maritime disputes with China
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2016/08/18/national/philippines-accepts-first-10-japan-funded-patrol-vessels-beef-coast-guard/#.V7Y3xY9OI2w
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/philippines-receives-first-japanese-coast-guard-vessel#sthash.oS2i0p4U.dpuf

12 AUGUST 2016

Japan gives Philippines patrol ships

Japan on Friday announced it would give the Philippines two new vessels to boost Manila’s capacity to patrol its waters, with the allies facing Chinese aggression in separate maritime disputes.
http://www.gmanetwork.com/news/story/577429/news/nation/japan-gives-philippines-patrol-ships

Ex-Philippine leader meets senior China official to mend ties

Former Philippine leader Fidel Ramos said he had met with a senior Chinese official during a trip to Hong Kong aimed at improving ties between Manila and Beijing, with both sides working towards formal discussions
http://www.radioaustralia.net.au/international/2016-08-12/exphilippine-leader-meets-senior-china-official-to-mend-ties/1607802
http://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20160812_23/
http://www.dw.com/en/manila-opens-backchannel-with-beijing/a-19469550

10 AUGUST 2016

Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte calls US envoy Philip Goldberg ‘gay’, prompting summons

Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte has sparked a fresh diplomatic row after calling the US ambassador « gay », in comments that prompted Washington to summon Manila’s envoy.
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/philippines-leader-calls-us-envoy-gay-prompting-summons
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-08-10/philippines-president-rodrigo-duterte-calls-us-envoy-gay/7717106?section=world

9 JULY 2016

China’s proposal to start South China Sea talks not based on court ruling refused by Philippines

The Philippines has turned down bilateral talks with Beijing over the South China Sea dispute, after China’s foreign ministry insisted a landmark court ruling against them could not even be mentioned at the meeting
http://edition.cnn.com/2016/07/19/asia/south-china-sea-philippines-talks/index.html
http://www.dw.com/en/philippines-refuses-bilateral-talks-with-china-following-south-china-sea-ruling/a-19408968
http://www.asiapacificstar.com/index.php/sid/245966867

3 JULY 2016

Philippines celebrates victory in South China Sea case, despite China’s refusal to accept result

People across the Philippines are celebrating victory after an international court in The Hague ruled China has no historic title over the waters of the South China Sea
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-07-13/philippines-celebrates-victory-in-south-china-sea-case/7623440?section=world
https://globalvoices.org/2016/07/13/filipinos-call-on-china-to-do-a-chexit-in-the-south-china-sea/
http://www.asiapacificstar.com/index.php/sid/245785487
http://www.philstar.com/headlines/2016/07/13/1602477/full-text-aquino-says-maritime-arbitration-ruling-victory-all

 

13 JUNE 2016

Filipino group say flag-planting on disputed shoal in South China Sea halted by China

Chinese coast guard vessels prevented a Philippine nationalist group from planting a Filipino flag on a rocky South China Sea outcrop, the group said on Monday (June 13), the latest territorial standoff between the two countries
http://www.straitstimes.com/asia/se-asia/filipino-group-say-flag-planting-on-disputed-shoal-in-south-china-sea-halted-by-china

31 MAY 2016

Philippines’ Duterte endorses killing corrupt journalists

In a press conference called on Tuesday to announce his cabinet in his southern hometown of Davao, Duterte said journalists who took bribes or engaged in other corrupt activities also deserved to die
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/philippines-duterte/2834174.html
http://www.gmanetwork.com/news/story/568295/news/nation/duterte-s-remarks-placed-journos-in-danger-media-groups-say

Malaysia Warns Philippines’ Duterte Against ‘Reigniting’ Sabah Dispute

Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak rebuked Philippine president-elect Rodrigo Duterte’s suggestion that he may reignite the Sabah dispute between the two nations, urging Manila on Monday to instead focus on resolving its own decades-old insurgency in the country’s South
http://worldaffairsjournal.org/content/malaysia-warns-duterte-against-reigniting

 5 MAY 2016

Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines reach agreement to coordinate maritime security

Following kidnappings of Indonesians at sea, Indonesia has come to an agreement with Malaysia and the Philippines to boost maritime security after a sit-down in Yogyakarta today
https://asiancorrespondent.com/2016/05/indonesia-maritime-security/
http://www.thejakartapost.com/news/2016/05/05/indonesia-malaysia-philippines-sign-maritime-security-declaration.html

3 MAY 2016

Japan agrees to lease military aircraft to Philippines

Japan will lease military aircraft to the Philippines in another sign of deepening security ties between the two former foes to counter Beijing’s increasing regional influence.
https://www.yahoo.com/news/japan-agrees-lease-military-aircraft-philippines-050815514.html?nhp=1

15 APRIL 2016

US reveals joint patrols in South China Sea with Philippines and will keep 300 troops including combat aircraft in region

The United States revealed for the first time that American ships have started conducting joint patrols with the Philippines in the South China Sea, a somewhat rare move not done with many other partners in the region
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/diplomacy/article/1935972/us-reveals-joint-patrols-south-china-sea-philippines-and-will
http://www.singaporestar.com/index.php/sid/243161959
http://www.stripes.com/news/pacific/us-to-rotate-more-aircraft-troops-through-philippines-1.404418

8 APRIL 2016

Philippines gets US military aid boost amid South China Sea dispute

The United States has allocated more than US$120 million (85.19 million pounds) in military aid to the Philippines this year, the biggest in about 15 years, a senior Filipino diplomat said on Friday, amid rising tension with China over the disputed South China Sea
http://worldaffairsjournal.org/content/philippines-gets-us-military-aid-boost-amid-south-china-sea-dispute

21 MARCH 2016

These are the new U.S. military bases near the South China Sea. China isn’t impressed.

The disputed South China Sea will soon see increased U.S. military activity from five Philippine bases, following the signing of a deal between Manila and Washington that will allow the Pentagon to deploy conventional forces to the Philippines for the first time in decades
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/checkpoint/wp/2016/03/21/these-are-the-new-u-s-military-bases-near-the-south-china-sea-china-isnt-impressed/

18 MARCH 2016

US agrees with Manila on bases in Philippines

Representatives of the US and the Philippines have reached a deal on five locations for US troops on the island country. The move comes as tensions with Beijing rise over territorial disputes in the South China Sea
http://www.dw.com/en/us-agrees-with-manila-on-bases-in-philippines/a-19128268
http://www.philstar.com/headlines/2016/03/20/1564662/us-philippines-agree-5-base-locations-under-edca

5 MARCH 2016

Turning over a new leaf in Japan–Philippines relations

Under a series of landmark agreements Washington served as the de facto guarantor of Philippine national security for almost a century. But in recent years Japan has rapidly upgraded its security cooperation with Manila. Today, Japan is the Philippines’ top provider of development aid, leading trading Partner
http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2016/03/05/turning-over-a-new-leaf-in-japan-philippines-relations/

1 MARCH 2016

Japan, Philippines sign deal for defense equipment transfer

The Foreign Ministry announced Monday that the Japanese and Philippine governments have signed an accord for the transfer of defense equipment and related technologies.
http://worldaffairsjournal.org/content/japan-philippines-sign-deal-defense-equipment-transfer
http://www.khaosodenglish.com/detail.php?newsid=1456641889&section=13

29 JANUARY 2016

In the Philippines, Japan’s royals honor war dead

Japanese Emperor Akihito offered flowers Friday at a shrine built in the Philippines for Japanese soldiers killed during Japan’s brutal World War II occupation of the Southeast Asian nation
http://www.manilatimes.net/japans-royals-honor-war-dead/242074/
http://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/english/news/20160129_24.html
http://ajw.asahi.com/article/behind_news/social_affairs/AJ201601290062

26 JANUARY 2016

Japan’ Imperial couple in Philippines to honor war victims

Emperor Akihito said Tuesday that Japan must remember the tremendous loss of life in the Philippines during World War II, as he and Empress Michiko embarked for a four-day visit to the Southeast Asian country
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2016/01/26/national/imperial-couple-departs-philippines-first-ever-official-visit-reigning-emperor/#.VqfwEDjMvIV
http://www.philstar.com/headlines/2016/01/27/1546748/philippines-japan-forge-stronger-ties
http://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/english/news/20160126_39.htm

13 JANUARY 2016

Philippines offers eight bases to US under new military deal

The Philippines has offered the United States eight bases where it can build facilities to store equipment and supplies under a new security deal, a military spokesman said on Wednesday, amid rising tension with China over the South China Sea.
http://atimes.com/2016/01/philippines-offers-eight-bases-to-us-under-new-military-deal/
http://www.philstar.com/headlines/2016/01/14/1542335/8-philippine-camps-eyed-us

12 JANUARY 2016

Philippine Supreme Court allows military deal with U.S. as sides meet in Washington

The Philippines Supreme Court on Tuesday declared constitutional a security deal with the United States allowing an increased U.S. military presence in the former U.S. colony as tension rises in the South China Sea.
http://www.reuters.com/article/us-philippines-usa-idUSKCN0UQ0JK20160112
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/philippines-welcomes-more/2421044.html
http://www.manilatimes.net/high-court-upholds-edca/239110/

8 JANUARY 2016

Philippines urges ASEAN pressure on China for rules on disputed sea

Philippine President Benigno Aquino on Friday urged Southeast Asian neighbours to put pressure on China to agree on a binding code of conduct to ease tension in South China Sea following Chinese test flights to an island it has built
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/philippines-urges-asean-pressure-china-rules-disputed-sea

 

21 DECEMBER 2015

Philippine leader says $2.5b to be spent on military modernisation

Philippine President Benigno Aquino promised Monday that 83.9 billion pesos (US$1.77 billion, S$2.5 billion) allocated for military modernisation projects would be spent by 2017 as the country faces a territorial dispute with China
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/philippine-leader-says-25b-be-spent-military-modernisation

 

18 NOVEMBER 2015

US Gives the Philippines 2 New Vessels Amid South China Sea Tensions

The United States will hand over two new ships to the Philippine navy to boost the U.S. ally’s maritime security capabilities amid tensions in the South China Sea, President Barack Obama announced November 17 in Manila as he kicked off his weeklong visit to Asia
http://worldaffairsjournal.org/content/us-gives-philippines-two-new-vessels-amid-south-china-sea-tensions

17 NOVEMBER 2015

Remaining Sabah hostage beheaded by Abu Sayyaf in Philippines

Sarawakian Bernard Then, held hostage by the Abu Sayyaf terror group, has been killed in the southern Philippines. Then is the first Malaysian hostage to have been beheaded by the Abu Sayyaf
http://news.asiaone.com/news/malaysia/remaining-sabah-hostage-beheaded-abu-sayyaf-philippines

29 OCTOBER 2015

World tribunal to hear South China Sea case

An international tribunal Thursday dealt a blow to China, ruling it had the power to hear a case brought by the Philippines over disputed islands in the South China Sea
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/748180/world-tribunal-to-hear-south-china-sea-case

21 OCTOBER 2015

Vietnam, Philippines to strengthen ties

The foreign ministers of Vietnam and the Philippines have agreed to further strengthen their partnership to maintain peace and stability in the region and secure freedom of navigation.Vietnamese Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh and Philippine Foreign Secretary Albert del Rosario met in Hanoi on Wednesday
http://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/english/news/20151022_01.html

14 OCTOBER 2015

Philippine army rejects call for negotiations to free hostages who appear in new video held by men with guns and machetes

The Philippine army has rejected demands by Islamist militants to start negotiations for the release of three abducted foreign tourists and a Filipino woman and halt an offensive on a remote southern island
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/southeast-asia/article/1867641/philippine-army-rejects-call-negotiations-free-hostages-who

9 OCTOBER 2015

China completes construction of lighthouses in disputed South China Sea

A completion ceremony was held for the lighthouses on Cuateron Reef and Johnson South Reef in the Spratly islands, Xinhua said late on Friday. The United States and the Philippines have opposed the construction
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/china-completes-construction-lighthouses-disputed-south-china-sea

19 SEPTEMBER 2015

Filipino sultan who claimed Malaysia’s Sabah state dies

A Philippine sultan whose armed followers invaded a vast Malaysian region in 2013 and sparked a deadly security crisis has died of kidney failure. Sultan Esmail Kiram II died at age 76 late Saturday at a hospital in the southern Philippines
http://asiancorrespondent.com/135686/filipino-sultan-who-claimed-malaysias-sabah-state-dies/

17 AUGUST 2015

Philippines can’t afford full military modernisation: officials

The Philippines can only afford a « frugal » military upgrade, defence officials said Monday, even though maritime tensions with China are growing
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/658596/philippines-can-t-afford-full-military-modernisation-officials

11 AUGUST 2015

Philippine population hits 101.6 M this year

The country’s population is projected to reach 101.6 million this year, according to the Philippine Statistics Authority.
http://www.philstar.com/headlines/2015/08/11/1486749/philippine-population-hits-101.6-m-year

31 JULY 2015

Aquino endorses interior minister Manuel Roxas as successor

Speaking to Liberal Party (LP) members, allies and supporters, said there is no other person who can continue the reforms that his administration has started but Roxas, whom he called a man of “clear integrity.”
http://www.chinadailyasia.com/asia/2015-07/31/content_15298359.html
http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/709554/aquino-names-mar-of-the-hour
http://www.manilatimes.net/breaking_news/aquino-endorses-roxas-as-lp-standard-bearer/

21 JULY 2015

Philippines hikes defence budget amid China tensions

The Philippines is planning a 25 per cent hike in its defence budget next year, mainly to bolster its claims in the disputed South China Sea, officials said on Tuesday
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/philippines/11753108/Philippines-hikes-defence-budget-amid-China-tensions.html

16 JULY 2015

Philippines to re-open Subic Bay former US base amid China sea row

The Philippines said Thursday it would re-open a former US naval base that was closed more than 20 years ago, stationing its own military hardware at the facility that faces the flashpoint South China Sea.
https://sg.news.yahoo.com/phl-reopens-subic-bay-military-000000185.html
https://sg.news.yahoo.com/philippines-open-former-us-amid-china-sea-row-183755548.html

28 JUNE 2015

Top Philippine rebel leader Leoncio Pitao slain

The military confirmed that top New People’s Army (NPA) commander Leoncio Pitao, a.k.a Ka Parago, was killed in an encounter in Barangay Pañalum, Paquibato District in Davao City Sunday afternoon, June 28
http://asiancorrespondent.com/133854/top-philippine-rebel-leader-slain/
http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/701548/npa-commander-pitao-tipster-to-get-p5-6m-bounty

24 JUNE 2014

Philippine vice president Jegomar Binay blasts Aquino, declares candidacy

Controversial Philippine vice-president Jejomar Binay on Wednesday angrily lashed out at President Benigno Aquino as he declared his determination to run for president in 2016
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/602804/philippine-vice-president-blasts-aquino-declares-candidacy
http://www.manilatimes.net/aquino-govt-a-failure/194823/#end

16 JUNE 2015

Filipino MILF rebels lay down first arms in peace deal

The Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) began the first phase of a staggered decommissioning of its weapons on Tuesday (Jun 16), marking the group’s commitment to end the armed conflict that has plagued the region for decades
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/philippine-rebels/1920364.html
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-33144749

5 JUNE 2015

Philippines may allow Japan’s military to use bases

Manila and Tokyo have agreed to start talks on allowing Japanese military aircraft and naval vessels to use bases in the Philippines for refuelling and picking up supplies, Philippine President Benigno Aquino has said.
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2015/06/philippines-japan-military-bases-150605072014102.html
http://ajw.asahi.com/article/asia/around_asia/AJ201506050050

2 JUNE 2015

Philippines’ highest-ranking communist rebel held

The top communist guerrilla leader in the Philippines has been arrested in a blow to the decades-old Maoist rebellion following the detention of his predecessors last year, officials said Tuesday
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/philippines-highest-ranking-communist-rebel-held-military
http://www.manilatimes.net/top-npa-guerrilla-captured-in-cavite/188638/

8 MAY 2015

Japan, Philippines to hold first naval drill in South China Sea: sources

Japan and the Philippines will hold their first joint naval drill this month in the South China Sea near a disputed shoal claimed by Beijing, sources in Tokyo and the Philippines said
http://worldaffairsjournal.org/content/japan-philippines-hold-first-naval-drill-south-china-sea-sources

5 MAY 2015

Philippines: Why it’s deadly for journalists

Report: Philippines is ranked as the third most deadly country for journalists after Iraq and Syria
http://edition.cnn.com/2015/05/04/asia/philippines-deadly-for-journalists/index.html

3 MAY 2015

Philippine rebels kill most wanted Islamist militant in south

The Philippines’ most wanted Islamist militant, who escaped after a raid in January that killed 44 police commandos, was killed on Sunday in firefight with Muslim rebels, officials said
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/philippine-rebels-kill-mo/1822916.html

25 APRIL 2015

US seeks access to eight Philippine bases as part of Asia pivot

The United States has asked for access to Philippine military bases in eight locations to rotate troops, aircraft, and ships as Washington shifts its forces to Asia and as China expands its military presence in the South China Sea
http://www.gmanetwork.com/news/story/476254/news/nation/us-seeks-access-to-philippine-bases-as-part-of-asia-pivot

20 APRIL 2015

Vietnam asked Philippines to form pact to counter China, Aquino reveals

A new “strategic partnership” being negotiated between two states fending off China’s maritime claims in the South China Sea was suggested by Vietnam, Philippine President Benigno Aquino has revealed
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/diplomacy/article/1771526/vietnam-asked-us-form-strategic-pact-counter-china-philippine

14 APRIL 2015

Fugitive Islamic rebel leader Ameril Umra Kato dies in Philippines

Ameril Umra Kato, who led a breakaway faction of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF), died early Tuesday after suffering from another cardiac arrest, sources in the rebel group said
http://asiancorrespondent.com/132133/fugitive-islamic-rebel-leader-ameril-umra-kato-dies-in-philippines/
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/529207/philippine-rebel-leader-behind-deadly-rampage-dies

8 APRIL 2015

Public satisfaction with Aquino falls to lowest level

Public satisfaction with Philippines President Benigno Aquino plunged in the first quarter this year to its lowest ever, but half the population still wants to see him finish his term
http://www.asianewsnet.net/Public-satisfaction-with-Aquino-falls-to-lowest-le-73835.html

30 MARCH 2015

Philippines ends major offensive it says killed 139 rebels

The Philippines military chief says a month long offensive against hard-line Muslim rebels in the south has ended after 139 insurgents were killed, 12 others were captured and their bomb-making strongholds were seized by troops
http://worldaffairsjournal.org/content/philippines-ends-major-offensive-it-says-killed-139-rebels

18 MARCH 2015

New terror group in Philippines coddling regional terrorists

Many Filipinos feared that the government’s peace agreement with the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) would give birth to new groups linked to regional and international terror organizations such as Jemaah Islamiyah (JI) and the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS)
http://apdforum.com/en_GB/article/rmiap/articles/online/features/2015/03/18/philippinesterror

16 MARCH 2015

Islamic militant group leader captured in Philippines

Philippine security forces have arrested the head of a small Islamic militant group who was involved in protecting one of the United States’ « most wanted terrorists », the military said Monday.
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/498209/islamic-militant-group-leader-captured-in-philippines
http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/679271/govt-security-forces-nab-coddler-of-terrorists

28 FEBRUARY 2015

Philippines army and rebel clashes leaves dozens dead

A military assault on rebel fighters in the southern Philippines entered its fifth day on Saturday, with the toll rising to 24 fighters and two soldiers dead, officials said
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2015/02/philippines-army-rebel-clashes-leaves-dozens-dead-150228063617025.html

27 FEBRUARY 2015

US sends spy plane to patrol disputed sea

The United States has deployed its newest and most advanced surveillance aircraft for patrols over the West Philippine Sea and South China Sea
ttp://worldaffairsjournal.org/content/us-sends-spy-plane-patrol-disputed-south-china-sea

26 FEBRUARY 2015

François Hollande in Philippines for climate change push

The Aquino government is also warmly embracing Hollande’s trip, the first by a French head of state since the two nations established diplomatic relations in 1947, as an endorsement of the Philippines’ maturing democracy.
http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2015/feb/26/francois-hollande-in-philippines-for-climate-change-push
http://www.france24.com/en/20150226-hollande-enlists-film-stars-climate-change-push-manila-philippines-marion-cotillard-melanie-laurent/

12 FEBRUARY 2015

Philippine defence minister confirms reports of coup to oust Aquino

Philippines–Defense Secretary Voltaire Gazmin on Thursday confirmed reports of a coup plot against President Aquino in the wake of the massacre of 44 elite commandos by Moro rebels that had caused tension in the military and police ranks and demands for Aquino to resign.
http://www.asianewsnet.net/Philippine-defence-minister-confirms-reports-of-co-71719.html
http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/672649/gazmin-confirms-coup-plot-rich-man-tagged?PageSpeed=noscript

5 JANUARY 2015

Philippines urges China to show respect in South China Sea. Protest rejected by China

The Philippines accused China on Thursday (Feb 5) of ramming Filipino fishing boats off a disputed shoal in the South China Sea, and demanded its powerful neighbour respect its sovereignty over the potential flashpoint territory.
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/philippines-urges-china/1640354.html
http://www.chinadailyasia.com/nation/2015-02/05/content_15224411.html

29 JANUARY 2015

Philippines, Vietnam upgrade ties in show of unity against China

The Philippines and Vietnam are forging closer ties in a symbolic move after China stepped up activities in disputed areas of the East Sea
http://www.thanhniennews.com/politics/philippines-vietnam-upgrade-ties-in-show-of-unity-against-china-38204.html

25 JANUARY 2015

Dozens of police commandos killed in Philippines

More than 30 Philippine police commandos have been killed in a clash with fighters from the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) while hunting a top criminal suspect in the country’s south, a local official has said
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2015/01/dozens-police-commandos-killed-philippines-150125143349426.html
http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/667844/at-least-27-elite-cops-killed-in-clash-with-biff-in-maguindanao-reports

22 JANUARY 2015

China island building ‘threat to all ASEAN’: Philippines

China’s reclamation of land in disputed South China Sea waters is a « threat » to all nations in Southeast Asia, the Philippines’ foreign minister said Thursday
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/china-island-building-threat-all-asean-philippines
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/philippines-slams-china/1608684.html

18 JANUARY 2015

Six millions attend pope’s Mass in Manila

Filipinos estimated in the millions have gathered to join Pope Francis in a religious service in Manila, as the leader of Catholic Church winds down his five-day Philippine visit.
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2015/01/millions-gather-pope-mass-manila-201511871929731922.html
http://www.france24.com/en/20150118-pope-celebrates-huge-mass-philippines-urges-world-protect-children/
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-30869019

15 JANUARY 2015

Millions cheer as pope arrives in Philippines

Pope Francis, the leader of the world’s 1.2 billion Catholics, has arrived in the Philippines for a five-day trip, seen as an effort to reinforce church membership, and highlight the issue of climate change as he meets victims of Typhoon Haiyan that killed thousands in the country in 2013
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-30809472
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2015/01/millions-cheer-as-pope-arrives-philippines-2015115101210685513.html

12 JANUARY 2015

China slams Philippines for criticising island project in South China Sea

China on Monday hit back at the Philippines for criticising Beijing’s ongoing reclamation project in the disputed South China Sea, saying that its actions were within the scope of Chinese sovereignty
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/china-slams-philippines-criticising-island-project-south-china-sea

16 DECEMBER 2014

Philippines declares Christmas truce with rebels

The Philippine military chief has declared a monthlong suspension of military and police offensives against communist guerrillas in observance of the Christmas holidays, but added that assaults against hard-line Muslim militants would continue.
http://www.nationmultimedia.com/aec/Philippine-military-communist-rebels-declare-Chris-30222538.html

7 DECEMBER 2014

China condemns Philippines over disputed sea arbitration

China on Sunday slammed the Philippines for challenging its territorial claims over the South China Sea through international arbitration, refusing to back down just a week before a deadline to respond in the case
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/china-condemns-philippines-over-disputed-sea-arbitration
http://en.people.cn/n/2014/1207/c90883-8819170.html

6 DECEMBER 2014

Daring escape by Swiss hostage in Philippines

A Swiss hostage has escaped from the armed group Abu Sayyaf in southern Philippines, after hacking one rebel commander and getting shot as he dashed to freedom, ending more than two years of jungle captivity, security officials said.
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/447649/swiss-escapes-philippine-militant-kidnappers
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2014/12/daring-escape-swiss-hostage-philippines-2014126620353561.html

4 DECEMBER 2014

Amnesty says police torture thriving in Philippines

Torture of suspected criminals by police in the Philippines has thrived under the administration of President Benigno Aquino, human rights monitor Amnesty International said Thursday.
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asean/447235/amnesty-says-police-torture-thriving-in-philippines

3 DECEMBER 2014

Manila has ‘nothing to gain’ from military pact with US

A defence pact that Manila and Washington inked early this year serves as only a deterrent to a « shooting war » between the Philippines and China, the Philippines’ Defence Secretary Voltaire Gazmin said
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/manila-has-nothing-gain-military-pact-us

21 NOVEMBER 2014

Manila won’t join US-led fight against ISIS: Aquino

The Philippines, a treaty ally of the United States, will not join the US-led coalition against the militant group Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS), President Benigno Aquino has said.
http://www.asianewsnet.net/Manila-wont-join-US-led-fight-against-ISIS-Aquino-67915.html

4 NOVEMBER 2014

Aquino explains backing Japan’s new self-defense policy

Philippine President Benigno Aquino said Tuesday he is backing the Abe administration’s reinterpretation of the Constitution to be able to exercise the right to collective self-defense
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2014/11/04/national/aquino-explains-backing-japans-new-self-defense-policy/#.VFlUAb3LTIU

3 NOVEMBER 2014

Philippines’ largest Muslim rebel to form political party for national election

The head of the Philippines’ largest Muslim rebel group, Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF), will meet his commanders, leaders and supporters Monday here to finalize the organization structure of its political party for the country’s 2016 national elections.
http://www.globaltimes.cn/content/889705.shtml

17 OCTOBER 2014

Philippine militants release two German hostages

Two German hostages have been freed by the Abu Sayyaf group in the southern Philippines, the Philippines military and the group have said, on the day the group had threatened to kill one of them.
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2014/10/philippines-abu-sayyaf-hostages-2014101713310373157.html
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-29665728

10 SEPTEMBER 2014

Philippine Muslim autonomy submitted

“Allah,” “reserved” and “general supervision of the President” over the Bangsamoro region were among the contentious details that bogged down work on the final draft of the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL).
http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/636958/peace-in-south-at-hand

Philippines plans to give Muslims autonomous zone

Filipino Muslims affix their signatures on a mock covenant during a rally near the Presidential Palace in support of the Bangsamoro Basic Law draft that was formally submitted by Philippine President Benigno Aquino III to both houses of Congress Wednesday, Sept. 10, 2014
http://globalnation.inquirer.net/110915/philippines-plans-to-give-muslims-autonomous-zone

9 SEPTEMBER 2014

Philippine president, Muslim rebels agree on autonomy bill

A Philippine official says the president discreetly met with a Muslim rebel leader last week in Manila and both helped untangle thorny differences over a proposed autonomy law they hope will end decades of bloody rebellion in the south.
http://asiancorrespondent.com/126524/philippine-president-muslim-rebels-agree-on-autonomy-bill/

3 SEPTEMBER 2014

Aquino survives impeachment

Philippines’ House of Representatives vote 54-4 on all three impeachment complaints against the president
http://www.asianewsnet.net/Aquino-survives-impeachment-64083.html

12 AUGUST 2014

The Great South China Sea Clash: China vs. Vietnam

In Asia’s Cauldron, Beijing and Hanoi are playing a dangerous game—and the stakes could not get any higher
http://nationalinterest.org/feature/the-great-south-china-sea-clash-china-vs-vietnam-11058

30 JULY 2014

Philippines’ Aquino Seeks To Quash Rumors of Military Coup

Philippine President Benigno Aquino sought Wednesday to quash rumors that a coup is being plotted against him, with his spokesman insisting he had the military’s full support
http://www.defensenews.com/article/20140730/DEFREG03/307300025/Philippines-Aquino-Seeks-Quash-Rumors-Military-Coup

26 JULY 2014

Aquino rating 8 points down vs graft

Carried out from June 24 to July 2, the survey showed an 8-point decrease in the proportion of Filipinos approving of the administration’s anticorruption efforts—from 50 percent in March to 42 percent in June
http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/623514/aquino-rating-8-points-down-vs-graft

25 JULY 2014

100 millionth Filipino due early Sunday

By the reckoning of a population expert, the Philippine population will hit 100 million at 12:06 a.m. or thereabouts on Sunday
http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/623209/100-millionth-filipino-due-early-sunday#ixzz38RL2Rr2k

16 JULY 2014

World Bank hails Philippines as next Asian miracle

Philippine President Aquino on Tuesday received profuse praise from visiting World Bank president Jim Yong Kim, who declared that the Philippines would be the next Asian “miracle”
http://www.asianewsnet.net/World-Bank-hails-Philippines-as-next-Asian-miracle-62382.html

13 JULY 2014

The Philippines offer US$1.5bn to modernize its armed forces

 

The Philippines has offered a US$1.5 billion budget to defense contractors around the world for phase one of its three-tier armed forces modernization program. It wishes to strengthen its bargaining chips in the dispute over the South China Sea’s disputed territories, reports the US Defense News Weekly.
http://www.wantchinatimes.com/news-subclass-cnt.aspx?id=20140713000038&cid=1101

11 JULY 2014

Australian jihad campaigner arrested in Philippines

An Australian convert to Islam who used the Internet to urge people to join « jihad » in Iraq and Syria was arrested in the Philippines on Friday, local police said
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/australian-jihad-campaigner-arrested-philippines
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2014/07/philippines-arrests-australian-imam-2014711134919534455.html

5 JULY 2014

Church dares Aquino: Let go of corrupt allies

Archbishop Socrates Villegas, president of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP), said the investigation into the misuse of state funds should not be selective and should not spare administration allies
http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/617135/church-dares-aquino-let-go-of-corrupt-allies
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/419064/philippine-church-leader-tells-bishops-listen-more-condemn-less

5 JULY 2014

Philippines-Vietnam joint commission to deepen defence ties

The Philippines and Vietnam will form a joint commission to create a “strategic partnership”, as the two former Cold War adversaries forge closer defence ties to confront China over its territorial claims in the region
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/philippines-vietnam-joint-commission-deepen-defence-ties

4 JULY 2014

Philippine court orders third senator arrested over graft scandal

A Philippine court on Friday ordered the arrest of Senator Juan Ponce Enrile, one of the country’s most prominent politicians and the third legislator facing criminal charges in a massive corruption scandal.
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/philippine-court-orders-third-senator-arrested-over-graft-scandal
http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/616957/juan-ponce-enrile-surrenders

24 JUNE 2014

Aquino backs Abe’s bid to amend Japan charter for stronger military

President Aquino on Tuesday endorsed Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s push to amend Japan’s constitution and expand the Japanese role on regional security amid China’s expansionism moves
http://globalnation.inquirer.net/107009/aquino-backs-japans-larger-military-role

23 JUNE 2014

Son of former Philippines leader Estrada arrested in graft scandal

Philippine police detained on Monday the senator son of former president Joseph Estrada, the second high-profile official arrested within days over a massive corruption scandal
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/416899/son-of-former-philippines-leader-arrested-in-graft-scandal
http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/613819/jinggoy-estrada-back-in-pnp-jail

10 JUNE 2014

The Philippines’ Slowly Modernizes its Defense Capabilities

The Philippine economy has been one of the fastest-growing in Asia in recent years, and if there is ever a time for Manila to invest in boosting its military capability, it is now. The Philippines has born the brunt of Chinese aggression in the South China Sea, with standoffs on the Scarborough Shoal, Second Thomas Shoal, and most recently a land reclamation project on Johnson Atoll. Yet, given decades of neglect, recent modernization efforts by the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) look pretty anemic.
http://cogitasia.com/the-philippines-slowly-modernizes-its-defense-capabilities/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+cogitasia%2FZCwV+%28cogitASIA+Posts%29

8 JUNE 2014

Vietnam, Philippines navies in first Spratlys games

Filipino and Vietnamese troops played volleyball and football in a contested South China Sea archipelago Sunday, a landmark act of sports diplomacy that both sides said could ease territorial tensions
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/414224/vietnam-philippines-navies-in-first-spratlys-games
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/vietnam-philippines-navies-first-spratlys-games6 JUNE 2014

7 JUNE 2014

Philippines to arrest three powerful senators in corruption scandal

The three, who include a son of former president Joseph Estrada and a 90-year political survivor who enforced martial law under dictator Ferdinand Marcos, are accused of channelling millions of dollars of public funds into bogus organisations in return for huge kickbacks
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/philippines-arrest-three-powerful-senators-corruption-scandal

S. Korea donates warship to Manila

South Korea will donate a corvette warship to the poorly-equipped Philippine navy amid growing tensions — particularly with China — over maritime territorial disputes in the region, the government said
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/414039/s-korea-donates-warship-to-manila

4 JUNE 2014

China ordered to submit counter-argument in sea dispute with Philippines by Dec. 15

China has been ordered by the international Arbitral Tribunal handling the maritime dispute case filed by the Philippines to file its counter-memorial, or counter-argument, by Dec. 15, despite its position that it will not participate in the arbitration
http://globalnation.inquirer.net/105670/china-ordered-to-submit-counter-argument-in-sea-dispute-by-dec-15

3 MAY 2014

Communist rebel officer arrested in Philippines

A high-ranking communist rebel officer has been arrested in the Philippines, a military official said on Saturday, amid a surge of deadly clashes between soldiers and the insurgents

http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/407981/communist-rebel-officer-arrested-in-philippines

http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/communist-rebel-officer-arrested-philippines

1 MAY 2014

Death toll in Philippine assault on militants rises to 26

The Philippines’ military said Thursday the death toll from an assault against Al-Qaeda-linked Islamic militants had risen to 26, with one marine among the dead as troops cleared the combat area
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/407749/death-toll-in-philippine-assault-on-militants-rises-to-26

28 APRIL 2014

Obama seeks to soothe China while boosting ties with Philippines

President Barack Obama said Monday he had no desire to contain or counter China despite clinching a defence pact with the Philippines which will inject US forces close to the volatile South China Sea http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/407024/obama-seeks-to-soothe-china-while-boosting-ties-with-philippines http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-27183976 http://globalnation.inquirer.net/103033/no-firm-commitment-from-us-to-defend-ph

27 APRIL 2014

Philippines agrees to 10-year pact allowing US military presence

The United States and the Philippines have reached a 10-year pact that would allow a larger US military presence in this south-east Asian nation as it grapples with increasingly tense territorial disputes with China, White House officials said on Sunday
http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/apr/27/philippines-us-military-presence-china-dispute
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/philippines-us-sign-defence-pact

21 APRIL 2014

Suspected communist guerrillas kill Philippine mayor

About 20 men took part in the brazen attack, shooting dead Mayor Carlito Pentecostes in the northern town of Gonzaga and then overpowering officers at the scene, said regional police director Chief Superintendent Miguel Laurel

http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/405929/suspected-communist-guerrillas-kill-philippine-mayor

http://www.voanews.com/content/gunmen-kill-philippine-mayor/1897553.html

14 APRIL 2014

Philippines unveils new plan to fight persistent poverty

The Philippines Monday announced plans to spend more on infrastructure and introduce other reforms to try to lift millions out of poverty

http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/philippines-unveils-new-plan-fight-persistent-poverty

http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/404953/philippines-unveils-new-plan-to-fight-persistent-poverty

8 APRIL 2014

Philippine top court approves controversial birth control law

Millions of poor people in the Philippines will have access to free contraceptives for the first time after the nation’s top court on Tuesday approved a deeply controversial birth control law
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/philippine-top-court-approves-controversial-birth-control-law
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2014/04/philippine-court-upholds-birth-control-law-2014486117854745.html

Filipino rebels form party as they end rebellion

Mohagher Iqbal, a leader of the 11,000-strong Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF), said Tuesday that his rebel group’s new political organization, the United Bangsamoro Justice Party, would be used as a springboard to contest leadership of a more powerful Muslim autonomous region to be established in the south of the largely Catholic Philippines
http://asiancorrespondent.com/121474/filipino-rebels-form-party-as-they-end-rebell

1 APRIL 2014

3 Philippine senators indicted for plunder

An OMB special panel said Tuesday there was enough basis to hold Philippine Senators Juan Ponce Enrile, Ramon Revilla Jr. and Jinggoy Estrada, businesswoman Janet Lim-Napoles and several others criminally liable for plunder and graft in connection with the alleged illegal disbursements of the Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF), a discretionary fund in the Philippines available to members of Congress

http://www.asianewsnet.net/3-Philippine-senators-indicted-for-plunder-58738.html

Beijing refuses arbitration on South China Sea issue

China will neither accept nor participate in international arbitration unilaterally pushed forward by the Philippines on the South China Sea disputes, said a commentary published by the state-run People’s Daily on Tuesday
http://www.wantchinatimes.com/news-subclass-cnt.aspx?id=20140401000069&cid=1101
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/402933/china-says-ties-damaged-by-philippines-un-ruling-call

29 MARCH 2014

Philippine vessel evades China ‘blockade’ of disputed reef

A Philippine re-supply ship evaded a Chinese coastguard blockade in the South China Sea Saturday to reach Filipino soldiers based on a remote reef claimed by both countries, the military said

http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/590216/ship-evades-chinese-blockade

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-26806924

http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/402458/philippine-vessel-evades-china-blockade-of-disputed-reef

28 MARCH 2014

Philippines to defy China, pursue UN case on sea row

The Philippines said Friday it planned to defy Chinese warnings and pursue a case in the United Nations challenging Beijing’s claim to most of the South China Sea
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/402331/philippines-to-defy-china-pursue-un-case-on-sea-row

27 MARCH 2014

Philippine government signs historic peace treaty with separatists

The Philippine government signed a peace accord with the country’s largest Muslim rebel group. It is the culmination of years of negotiations and a significant political achievement for President Benigno Aquino III
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/philippines/10726795/Philippine-government-signs-historic-peace-treaty-with-separatists.html
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2014/03/philippines-sign-deal-with-muslim-rebels-2014327434188160.html

23 MARCH 2014

Philippine peace prospects dim after arrest of rebel couple

Prospects of reviving peace talks with Philippine communist insurgents have faded following the arrest of a married couple who are senior rebel leaders, officials and analysts said Sunday

http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/401348/philippine-peace-prospects-dim-after-arrest-of-rebel-couple

http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/588341/with-tiamzons-arrest-its-time-for-npa-to-surrender-afp

22 MARCH 2014

Philippines’ most senior communist rebel held

Communist Party of the Philippines chairman Benito Tiamzon and his wife, the party’s secretary general Wilma Tiamzon, were arrested in a joint police and military operation, military chief of staff General Emmanuel Bautista said in a statement.
http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/588186/red-leaders-captured
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/401232/philippines-most-senior-communist-rebel-held

14 MARCH 2014

Philippines Reaches Consensus on Temporary US Military Facilities

Philippine officials announced that they have reached a “consensus” with the United States on a plan to host temporary U.S. military facilities on Philippine bases. The two countries are in the last stages of negotiations to increase the number of American troop visits each year
http://www.voanews.com/content/philippines-reaches-consensus-on-temporary-us-military-facilities/1870967.html

Philippines, Muslim rebels to sign peace treaty on March 27

The terms of the deal, completed in January after drawn-out talks, would see the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) disband its 12,000-member guerrilla force and share power with Manila in the Muslim south of the mainly Catholic nation
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/399907/philippines-muslim-rebels-to-sign-peace-treaty-on-march-27

11 MARCH 2014

Philippines lodges protest over China ship blockade

The Philippines has lodged a protest with China, accusing its coastguard of preventing two civilian vessels reaching sailors on a disputed shoal.
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-26524388

11 FEBRUARY 2014

Jobless Filipinos hit 12.1 million

The number of unemployed Filipinos in the last quarter of 2013 swelled to more than 12 million, making the 7.2-per-cent growth in the country’s gross domestic product (GDP) last year, considered the second-fastest after China, far from inclusive.

http://www.asianewsnet.net/Jobless-Filipinos-hit-12-1-million-56957.html

5 FEBRUARY 2014

Philippine president compares China’s expansion to Nazi Germany

The West’s failure to confront China over its increasingly vocal territorial ambitions is similar to the disastrous appeasement of Adolf Hitler in the late 1930s, the Philippine president has claimed.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/china/10618722/Philippine-president-compares-Chinas-expansion-to-Nazi-Germany.html

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-china-26048500

30 JANUARY 2014

Philippine economy grows 7%

The Philippine economy expanded 7.% in 2013 despite a devastating typhoon and a powerful earthquake that slowed performance in the last quarter

http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/392355/philippine-economy-grows-despite-disasters

Hong Kong imposes sanctions on Philippines

The current visa-free arrangement for visiting Philippine diplomats and officials will be suspended from February 5, Hong Kong Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying told a press conference
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2014/01/hong-kong-imposes-sanctions-philippines-20141303748519260.html
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/392396/philippines-stands-firm-in-diplomatic-row-with-hong-kong

29 JANUARY 2014

Philippines says 37 rebels killed in offensive

At least 37 Islamic fighters have been killed in a two-day offensive against insurgents opposed to a new peace deal between the government and the main Muslim rebel group, military officials said Wednesday.

http://asiancorrespondent.com/119044/philippines-says-37-rebels-killed-in-offensive/

27 JANUARY 2014

Philippines launches offensive against rebels

The Philippine military has launched a major offensive against a splinter rebel group, two days after negotiations with the country’s main Muslim rebel group to end a decades-long insurgency that has killed tens of thousands successfully ended
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2014/01/philippines-launches-offensive-against-rebels-201412723831805504.html
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/391762/philippine-military-attacks-hardline-muslim-renegades

25 JANUARY 2014

Philippines and Muslim rebels reach agreement

The Philippines has agreed the final section of a peace deal with Muslim rebels fighting a long-running insurgency in the south of the country.

http://globalnation.inquirer.net/97735/govt-milf-seal-accord
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-25896408

http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/391486/philippines-muslim-rebels-clear-final-peace-deal-hurdle

17 JANUARY 2014

Foreign investment key to Philippine growth in 2014

The Philippine economy is likely to register a GDP growth rate of 7 per cent in 2013. This comes even after many challenging events throughout the year, including the US tapering announcement, territorial disputes in the West Philippine Sea with China, and the calamities that hit several areas in the central and southern Philippines.

http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2014/01/17/foreign-investment-key-to-philippine-growth-in-2014/

15 JANUARY 2014

Philippines seeks US ships to counter China

The Philippines has said it wants to acquire two more navy ships from the US to boost its maritime protection amid military threats from China, according to the country’s military chief.

http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2014/01/philippines-gains-more-us-navy-ships-20141157811844465.html

11 JANUARY 2014

Philippines, Vietnam condemn China’s fishing law

The Philippines and Vietnam condemned a new Chinese law that requires foreign fishermen to seek Beijing’s approval to operate in much of the South China Sea, but China’s Foreign Ministry insisted it has the right do so. http://asiancorrespondent.com/118205/philippines-vietnam-condemn-chinas-fishing-law/

31 DECEMBER 2013

PHL-China relations in 2014: How to navigate the West Philippine Sea disputes

The year 2013 was, by all means, a challenging period for Philippine-China relations. Despite earlier hopes that a new Chinese administration, under President Xi Jinping, would positively change the complexion of bilateral relations, we have instead seen an escalation in maritime tensions in the West Philippine Sea.

http://www.gmanetwork.com/news/story/341702/opinion/blogs/phl-china-relations-in-2014-how-to-navigate-the-west-philippine-sea-disputes#!

20 DECEMBER 2013

Philippine mayor killed at Manila airport

Ukol Talumpa, the mayor of the town of Labangan in Zamboanga del Sur province, was killed together with his wife, an 18-month-old baby and one other person, Al Jazeera’s Jamela Alindogan reported from Manila on Friday.

http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2013/12/philippines-mayor-killed-at-manila-airport-201312205187710448.html

http://www.voanews.com/content/philippine-mayor-three-others-killed-at-manila-airport/1814248.html

13 DECEMBER 2013

Killing of journalists a nat’l catastrophe’

An international human rights watchdog has urged President Aquino to declare the deadly attacks on Filipino journalists a “national catastrophe,” saying that the situation “threatens civil liberties” in the country.

http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/545429/killing-of-journalists-a-natl-catastrophe

8 DECEMBER 2013

Philippines, Muslim rebels sign ‘power sharing’ accord

The Philippine government and Muslim rebels on Sunday signed a crucial power sharing accord, paving the way for a final peace agreement aimed at ending a decades-long insurgency that has killed tens of thousands.
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/philippines-muslim-rebels-sign-%E2%80%98power-sharing%E2%80%99-accord
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/philippines/10504080/Philippines-rebel-deal-could-end-decades-long-bloody-insurgency.html

6 DECEMBER 2013

China pulls out of UN process over territorial dispute with Philippines

China is taking the highly unusual step of refusing to participate in a United Nations arbitration process over a territorial conflict with the Philippines, one of five countries challenging Beijing’s claims of ownership over the oil-rich South China Sea.
http://www.theguardian.com/world/2013/dec/06/china-territorial-dispute-philippines

13 NOVEMBER 2013

Typhoon Haiyan: children at risk of abuse and trafficking

With aid running short and near anarchy in the hardest-hit areas, the estimated two million children affected by the monster storm are its most vulnerable victims, Save the Children warns

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/philippines/10447457/Typhoon-Haiyan-children-at-risk-of-abuse-and-trafficking.html

11 NOVEMBER 2013

Typhoon Haiyan: Philippines declares state of calamity

The Philippine President Benigno Aquino has declared a state of national calamity to speed relief efforts for victims of Typhoon Haiyan.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-24901993
http://www.euronews.com/2013/11/11/philippines-tens-of-millions-affected-by-typhoon-haiyan-as-president-declares-state-of-calamity/
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2013/11/philippines-state-national-calamity-2013111116128730244.html

10 NOVEMBER 2013

Philippines reels from Typhoon Haiyan havoc

Philippine President Benigno Aquino has promised that help is on the way for the hundreds of thousands hit by Typhoon Haiyan, as the death toll was expected to reach 10,000 in one province alone.
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2013/11/philippine-leader-pledges-help-after-typhoon-201311109527746483.html
http://www.euronews.com/2013/11/10/death-toll-in-philippines-after-typhoonhaiyan-more-than-10000/
http://www.theguardian.com/world/gallery/2013/nov/10/philippines-typhoon-haiyan-survivors-in-pictures#/?picture=422109427&index=12

7 NOVEMBER 2013

A strategic pearl for US-Philippine ties

Manila’s development of Oyster Bay has been driven in part by rising traffic at Subic Bay, particularly as more American battleships drop anchors at its piers. According to the Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority (SBMA), 72 US warships and submarines visited Subic between January and June this year. That figure compares with 88 US naval vessel visits in 2012, 54 in 2011 and 51 in 2010. The figures exclude port calls made in Manila and other ports outside Subic.
http://www.atimes.com/atimes/Southeast_Asia/SEA-01-071113.html

5 NOVEMBER 2013

Hong Kong warns Manila of sanctions over hostage tragedy

Hong Kong threatened the Philippines with sanctions on Tuesday if there’s no progress in talks over an apology for families of tourists killed while vacationing in Manila three years ago. http://asiancorrespondent.com/115344/hk-warns-manila-of-sanctions-over-hostage-tragedy/ http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2013/11/hong-kong-gives-philippines-sanctions-warning-20131156552579778.html

24 OCTOBER 2013

South China Sea: Manila backtracks on accusing Beijing of « imperialism”


Philippine President Aquino withdraws allegations that China wants to build on the Scarborough Shoal, a group of disputed islands . A sudden change of direction, which threatens to undermine the credibility of the executive long at loggerheads with Beijing. In recent days, short face-to- face meeting between Aquino and Chinese Premier Li Keqiang
http://www.asianews.it/news-en/South-China-Sea:-Manila-backtracks-on-accusing-Beijing-of-imperialism”-29360.html

23 OCTOBER 2013

Taipei and Manila set up fishery hotline in bilateral talks: MOFA

Taiwan and the Philippines have officially established a hotline to facilitate two-way communication in the event of future fishing incidents as both sides concluded a fresh round of bilateral fishery talks in Taipei yesterday, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) said. http://www.chinapost.com.tw/taiwan/foreign-community/2013/10/23/391937/Taipei-and.htm

20 OCTOBER 2013

Philippine ‘sultan’ who launched Sabah incursion dies

Jamalul Kiram III, 75 — who described himself as the « Sultan of Sulu » after a group of islands in the southern Philippines — died at a government hospital but remained defiant to the end, his wife, Fatima Kiram said.
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/375482/philippine-ultan-who-launched-sabah-incursion-dies
http://globalnation.inquirer.net/88357/heir-of-sulu-sultanate-dies

12 OCTOBER 2013

US Warns Of Mindanao Terrorist Threats

The United States embassy in Manila yesterday warned US citizens of a “series of credible security threats” in the southern Philippines region of Mindanao.

http://www.eurasiareview.com/12102013-us-warns-mindanao-terrorist-threats/

3 OCTOBER 2013

Former President Arroyo, 3 Cabinet men charged with plunder

Former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, three of her Cabinet secretaries and 20 others were charged with plunder in the Office of the Ombudsman on Thursday for allegedly stealing P900 million from the Malampaya Fund meant for impoverished victims of back-to-back storms in 2009.
http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/500161/arroyo-3-cabinet-men-charged-with-plunder

Philippines fails to reach deal with US over increased military presence

Discussions over proposals to expand the American military’s presence in the Philippines failed to reach a deal, Filipino officials said Thursday, a day after US President Barack Obama called off a Manila visit.
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/philippines-fails-reach-deal-us-over-increased-military-presence
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/372903/philippines-says-deal-on-wider-us-role-needs-more-work

30 SEPTEMBER 2013

Coordinated MNLF attack shows Misuari’s hand

The separate but coordinated moves of five rebel commanders from the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) faction led by Nur Misuari betrayed Misuari’s hand in the deadly attack on Zamboanga City, the military said

http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/498307/coordinated-mnlf-attack-shows-misuaris-hand-afp#ixzz2gPkVrz3Q

28 SEPTEMBER 2013

Miss Philippines crowned Miss World amid Muslim anger

Miss Philippines is crowned Miss World 2013 in a glittering finale on the Indonesian resort island of Bali amid tight security following weeks of hardline Muslim protests.
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/miss-philippines-crowned-miss-world-amid-muslim-anger
http://www.ledger-enquirer.com/2013/09/27/2714291/miss-world-2013-winner-revealed.html

27 SEPTEMBER 2013

Philippines military frees final hostages, still pursuing rebels

Efforts to negotiate the hostages’ release failed, resulting in intense bursts of fighting that had left 158 people dead as of Thursday, including 125 members of the MNLF, the government-run Philippines News Agency said.
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/philippine-troops-rescue-last-hostages-kill-15-muslim-rebels
http://edition.cnn.com/2013/09/27/world/asia/philippines-standoff/index.html?hpt=ias_c2

22 SEPTEMBER 2013

Aquino to charge Philippine rebel leader over city attack

Philippines – President Benigno Aquino vowed Sunday to bring criminal charges against Muslim rebel leader Nur Misuari for a deadly attack on a major southern Philippine city that left hundreds dead or injured.

http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/aquino-charge-philippine-rebel-leader-over-city-attack

16 SEPTEMBER 2013

Philippine airstrike hits rebels in Zamboanga

The Philippine armed forces have launched a helicopter airstrike as part of their ongoing assault at Muslim rebels occupying parts of a major southern city, stepping up efforts to end an eight-day standoff that has left dozens dead.
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2013/09/20139165552136175.html

14 SEPTEMBER 2013

Philippine clashes rage despite truce effort

Philippine Vice President Jejomar Binay has headed to the southern city of Zamboanga in a bid to broker a truce with Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) fighters holding scores of civilian hostages while locked in a deadly stand-off with government forces.
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2013/09/201391444458212495.html
http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/487263/govt-misuari-agree-on-ceasefire-starting-saturday-midnight-says-binay
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-24089553

10 SEPTEMBER 2013

Fighting rages amid Philippine hostage crisis

Troops in the Philippines have surrounded six villages in the south of the country where hundreds of fighters linked to the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) are holding at least 170 hostages.
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2013/09/20139106147258221.html
http://www.euronews.com/2013/09/10/new-clashes-between-islamic-rebels-and-philippine-government-forces/

9 SEPTEMBER 2013

Philippine rebels take hundreds hostage

At least 200 people have been taken hostage in southern Philippines after rebels rampaged through coastal communities, leaving at least six people dead, local news reports say.
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2013/09/2013990014907480.html
http://www.chinapost.com.tw/asia/philippines/2013/09/10/388579/200-Filipino.htm
http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/484401/mnlf-storms-zamboanga-city-leaves-6-dead

9 SEPTEMBER 2013

More US boots on Philippine soil

The Philippines has provisionally agreed to allow for stronger US military presence on its soil

http://www.atimes.com/atimes/Southeast_Asia/SEA-01-090913.html

6 SEPTEMBER 2013

Women in Philippine politics

If women comprise half of the population, an equitable situation in politics would be one where half of elective positions are occupied by women. But the actual figures in the Philippines show we’re a long way off from that equity. In 1998, only 16.2 per cent of elected officials (including the president and vice president and Congress and local government officials, down to city and municipal levels) were women.
http://www.asianewsnet.net/Women-in-Philippine-politics-51279.html

3 SEPTEMBER 2013

Manila, Beijing, and UNCLOS : a test case ?

http://www.atimes.com/atimes/World/WOR-01-030913.html

3 SEPTEMBER 2013

Manila Accuses China of Building on Disputed Reef

The Philippines says it has spotted dozens of concrete blocks it believes may be the beginning of a Chinese construction project on a disputed group of reefs in the South China Sea.
http://www.voanews.com/content/philippines-accuses-china-of-building-on-disputed-reef/1742128.html

1 SEPTEMBER 2013

France drops Philippines from tax blacklist

The Philippines has been removed from the French government’s blacklist of noncooperative countries for their tax policies.

http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/france-drops-philippines-tax-blacklist

30 AUGUST 2013

Philippine radio commentator gunned down

A popular radio commentator known for being critical of alleged corruption and rising crime in a southern Philippine city has been killed by a gunman, police said Friday.

http://asiancorrespondent.com/112688/philippine-radio-commentator-gunned-down/

29 AUGUST 2013

Philippines says China withdraws Aquino invite

The Philippine government said that China has withdrawn an invitation to President Benigno Aquino III to visit a trade fair in an apparent snub as the two countries are locked in a territorial dispute.

http://asiancorrespondent.com/112633/philippines-says-china-withdraws-invite-for-aquino/ http://www.voanews.com/content/china-asks-philippine-president-to-cancel-visit-manila/1739294.html

26 AUGUST 2013

Filipinos Protest Government Corruption

Across the Philippines on Monday, « National Heroes Day, » tens of thousands of people turned out to demonstrate against discretionary funds given to lawmakers that critics say are not being used as intended and instead are funneled to corrupt organizations..

http://www.voanews.com/content/filipinos-protest-government-corruption/1736852.html

21 AUGUST 2013

‘Million people march’ vs pork spreads like Arab Spring

A social media initiative calling for a “million people march to Luneta” to demand the scrapping of the lawmakers’ pork barrel is shaping up as a sort of an Arab Spring spreading across the Philippine archipelago—from Baguio in the north to Davao in the south.

http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/470567/million-people-march-vs-pork-spreads-like-arab-spring

20 AUGUST 2013

Floods in the Philippines – in pictures

Flooding caused by some of the heaviest rains on record in the Philippines submerged more than half its capital, Manila, turning roads into rivers and trapping tens of thousands of people in homes and shelters

http://www.theguardian.com/world/gallery/2013/aug/20/floods-philippines-in-pictures

12 AUGUST 2013

US to increase Philippines presence

Foreign Secretary Albert del Rosario said the longtime allies had already agreed in principle to allow a bigger US military presence in the Philippines.

http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/364262/philippines-wants-to-use-more-us-military-assets

8 AUGUST 2013

Philippines to start talks with US on greater military presence

The Philippines said it would soon start talks on expanding US access to its bases, a move that would result in a greater presence of American troops in the country amid rising tensions with China.

http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/philippines-start-talks-us-greater-military-presence

6 AUGUST 2013

Philippines adds 2nd major warship to fleet

The Philippines on Tuesday celebrated the arrival of a decommissioned U.S. Coast Guard cutter as its second major warship to challenge China’s massive territorial claims that Filipino officials say have intruded into their country’s potentially oil-rich offshore seas.

http://asiancorrespondent.com/111582/philippines-adds-2nd-major-warship-to-fleet/

3 AUGUST 2013

Philippines acquiring French vessel for West Philippines Sea

The Philippines said Saturday it is purchasing a surplus French Navy vessel to boost its forces in the West Philippine Sea (South China Sea) where it has an ongoing territorial dispute with China.

http://www.gmanetwork.com/news/story/320461/news/nation/phl-acquiring-french-vessel-for-west-phl-sea

27 JULY 2013

Japan’s Abe vows maritime help to Philippines amid China row

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe pledged increased maritime cooperation with the Philippines on Saturday amid growing territorial disputes with regional rival China. http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/japan-s-abe-vows-maritime/758032.html

22 JULY 2013

Thousands of farmers to get plots of Aquino family farm

Philippine President Benigno Aquino said Monday that work would start in weeks to divide his family’s giant sugar plantation between thousands of peasant farmers, ending a decades-long struggle for control.

http://news.asiaone.com/News/AsiaOne%2BNews/Asia/Story/A1Story20130722-439150.html

Thousands protest in Philippines

Thousands of protesters took to the streets in the Philippines Monday to demand better jobs, more inclusive growth and the protection of human rights ahead of President Benigno Aquino III’s state of the union address.
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/361026/thousands-protest-ahead-of-philippine-president-speech
http://photoblog.nbcnews.com/_news/2013/07/22/19615756-filipino-protesters-demand-more-as-president-delivers-address?lite

18 JULY 2013

New reef rift hits China-Philippines ties

A fraught naval stand-off between a modern Chinese flotilla and a rusty Philippine hospital ship over a South China Sea shoal is undermining supposed regional progress towards a binding code of conduct over the waters. With Beijing’s military focused on fortifying its positions and Manila loathe to lose its gateway to untapped energy reserves, neither side is likely to back down. http://www.atimes.com/atimes/Southeast_Asia/SEA-01-180713.html

14 JULY 2013

Philippines and MILF rebels in wealth-sharing deal

The Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) will receive 75% of the gold, copper and other resources mined from the southern island. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-23305339 http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2013/07/201371473745138809.html

9 JULY 2013

Church begins final Philippine birth control battle

A relentless Catholic Church campaign to derail a birth control law in the Philippines entered its final phase at the Supreme Court on Tuesday, with the verdict to have a monumental impact on millions of poor Filipinos. http://www.asiaone.com/News/AsiaOne%2BNews/Asia/Story/A1Story20130709-435987.html

8 JULY 2013

The Joseph Estrada’s political comeback

After his unceremonial ouster as Philippine president in 2001, Joseph “Erap” Ejercito Estrada has once again been elected to public office, this time as mayor of Manila, the country’s capital. http://thediplomat.com/asean-beat/2013/07/08/joseph-estradas-political-comeback/

6 JULY 2013

Philippine communists vow revenge for slain spokesman

Communist insurgents Saturday promised revenge after Philippine soldiers killed their regional spokesmen along with seven other rebels in the latest operation against the militants since talks to end one of Asia’s longest running insurgencies collapsed. http://www.asiaone.com/News/AsiaOne%2BNews/Asia/Story/A1Story20130706-435213.html

5 JULY 2013

Philippines aims to nearly halve poverty by 2016

Nearly 28 percent of the country’s 97 million people live below the poverty line and the government’s aim is to reduce that to 16.6 percent within the next three years. http://asiancorrespondent.com/110282/philippines-aims-to-nearly-halve-poverty-by-2016/

4 JULY 2013

Antidivorce law looms in 16th Congress

Divorce could be one of the major battles in the 16th Congress, with the early refiling of a bill that opposes it and the declaration by its advocates that they will press its adoption in the Philippines. http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/437951/antidivorce-law-looms-in-16th-congress

1 JULY 2013

Philippine president vows to rebuild air force by 2016

Philippine President Benigno Aquino vowed on Monday to acquire fighter jets, air defence radar and other equipment within three years to bolster the country’s weak air force, amid a territorial dispute with China. http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/357802/philippine-president-vows-to-rebuild-air-force-by-2016 http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/436579/aquino-vows-to-beef-up-philippines-air-power

24 JUNE 2013

China rejects Philippines’ illegal seizure of Ren’ai Reef: Chinese FM spokeswoman

China will not tolerate the seizure of the Ren’ai Reef, also known as the Second Thomas Shoal, which the country claims as its indisputable territory, a Chinese foreign ministry spokeswoman said Monday. http://www.wantchinatimes.com/news-subclass-cnt.aspx?id=20130625000097&cid=1101

18 JUNE 2013

Philippines, Taiwan on way to mending relations

The Philippines and Taiwan are on the way to restoring their good relations after Friday’s breakthrough fishery meeting aimed at preventing the recurrence of violent confrontations in overlapping waters, Manila’s representative to Taipei said Monday. http://globalnation.inquirer.net/77821/ph-taiwan-on-way-to-mending-relations

6 JUNE 2013

Philippines’ Enrile Quits as Senate President, Blasts Colleagues

The Philippine Senate’s Marathon Man, Juan Ponce Enrile, had been expected to be ousted from his post as Senate president after the May 13 election when forces aligned with President Benigno S. Aquino III became a majority. But probably nobody expected the 89-year-old lawmaker to go out with such an astonishing burst of acrimony, comparing himself to Jesus Christ being « crucified » by his enemies. http://asiasentinel.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=5478&Itemid=187

29 MAY 2013

Philippine airline cancels Taiwan flights amid row

One of the Philippines’ biggest airlines said Wednesday it had cancelled the planned launch of a new Taiwan route because of tensions over a Taiwanese fishermen being killed by the Filipino coastguard. http://www.asiaone.com/News/Latest%2BNews/Relax/Story/A1Story20130529-426003.html

25 MAY 2013

Taiwan has new terms vs The Philippines

The government of Taiwan on Saturday imposed new conditions that would further delay the Philippines’ investigation of the fatal shooting of a Taiwanese fisherman by Filipino coast guards three weeks ago. http://globalnation.inquirer.net/75667/taiwan-has-new-terms

23 MAY 2013

China sent warship to break Philippine control of reef: Global Times

China sent a warship to a shoal in the disputed Spratly islands in the South China Sea earlier this month because it was trying to stop the Philippines from trying to assert de facto control of the reef, according to the Global Times, a tabloid under the auspices of the Communist Party mouthpiece People’s Daily. http://www.wantchinatimes.com/news-subclass-cnt.aspx?id=20130523000150&cid=1101

23 MAY 2013

Taiwan stops hiring Filipino workers

Taiwan is refusing to hire new workers from the Philippines after the country’s coast guard shot dead a Taiwanese fisherman. http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2013/05/201352324951266483.html

21 MAY 2013

Aquino: We can fight back vs any threat

Faced with territorial disputes and worries of external and internal threats, President Benigno Aquino III on Tuesday claimed that the Philippines can fight back and defend itself within its bounds. http://globalnation.inquirer.net/75177/philippines-protests-chinese-warships-presence

19 MAY 2013

Watchdog says 2013 Philippine elections worse than 2010

The recently concluded 2013 automated elections were worse than the 2010 exercise because of the bigger number of errors and the “arbitrary and highly irregular decisions” which compromised the elections’ credibility and transparency, according to a poll watchdog group. http://www.asianewsnet.net/Watchdog-says-2013-Philippine-elections-worse-than-46863.html

15 MAY 2013

Taiwan recalls Philippine envoy over shooting

Taiwan has recalled its ambassador to the Philippines and announced it has frozen the hiring of Philippine workers to protest against the killing of a Taiwanese fisherman, rejecting an apology over the incident as inadequate. http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2013/05/201351544057410475.html

14 MAY 2013

Aquino strengthened after midterm elections

President Benigno Aquino on Tuesday secured big wins in midterm elections seen as vital to his ambitious reform agenda, but the success of famous, graft-tainted rivals raised alarm. http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/409297/aquino-strengthened-after-midterm-elections

Joseph Estrada elected mayor of Manila

Joseph Estrada, the former Philippine president who was overthrown 12 years ago in a popular uprising, has been elected mayor of the capital, Manila. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-22525032 http://asiancorrespondent.com/107633/philippines-former-president-estrada-wins-manila-mayor-race/ http://www.euronews.com/2013/05/14/philippines-estrada-elected-mayor-of-manila/

7 MAY 2013

Philippine Midterms: Referendum on Church Power

The election, a midterm test halfway through the six-year presidential term of Benigno S. Aquino, is expected to be pivotal for several reasons. The most important is that it is a major test of the power of the Catholic Church against the popularity of Aquino over the historic Reproductive Health Act signed into law in January after being stalled for 14 years by church opposition http://asiasentinel.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=5397&Itemid=187

4 MAY 2013

Palace rues PH tag as 3rd worst place for journalists

Malacañang is not elated by reports that the country remains the third worst place for journalists. http://globalnation.inquirer.net/73535/palace-rues-ph-tag-as-3rd-worst-place-for-journalists

26 APRIL 2013

China slams Philippines over disputed islands

China on Friday hit out at the Philippines’ attempt to seek an international verdict on a territorial dispute over islands in the South China Sea, repeating that it would never give up its claims. http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/china-slams-philippines-over-disputed-is/654032.html

10 APRIL 2013

Philippines Files Charges Against Chinese Ship Stuck on Reef

Philippine officials say 12 fishermen who were onboard a suspected Chinese ship are facing the first of several charges after their vessel got stuck on a major protected reef in the southwestern Philippines far from reefs and islands in the South China Sea that are contested by China. http://www.voanews.com/content/philippines-files-charges-against-chinese-ship-that-got-stuck-in-protected-reef/1638419.html

19 MARCH 2013

Philippine top court halts contraceptives law

The Philippine Supreme Court has temporarily halted the implementation of a law opposed by the dominant Roman Catholic Church that provides state funding for contraceptives. http://asiancorrespondent.com/102614/philippine-top-court-halts-contraceptives-law/ http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-21842167

9 MARCH 2013

21 Filipino UN peacekeepers seized in Syria arrive safe in Amman

The United Nations welcomed the release on Saturday of 21 Filipino peacekeepers, who had been seized by Syrian rebels on the Golan Heights, as they crossed to freedom in Jordan after a three-day ordeal. http://www.gmanetwork.com/news/story/298564/pinoyabroad/news/21-filipino-un-peacekeepers-seized-in-syria-arrive-safe-in-amman?ref=bannerh1 http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-21725991

8 MARCH 2013

Philippines: HRW condemns extrajudicial killing of activist mother

Human Rights Watch (HRW) has called for swift justice following the gunning down of an activist and mother of three in Davao City in the Philippines earlier this week. http://asiancorrespondent.com/100807/hrw-philippines-activist-cristina/

7 MARCH 2013

Philippines demands Syrian rebels release UN troops

The Philippines on Thursday strongly condemned the hostage-taking of 21 Filipino UN peacekeepers by Syrian rebels in the Golan Heights ceasefire zone and demanded their immediate release. http://www.asiaone.com/News/AsiaOne%2BNews/Asia/Story/A1Story20130307-407070.html

6 MARCH 2013

Power of the Catholic Church slipping in Philippines

About 80 percent of Filipinos are Catholic, and they traditionally looked to the church for political and moral guidance. Recent reforms, however, are overriding church positions. http://www.csmonitor.com/World/Asia-Pacific/2013/0306/Power-of-the-Catholic-Church-slipping-in-Philippines?nav=104-csm_subcategory-topStories

5 MARCH 2013

Malaysia bombs armed Filipino group in Sabah

Malaysian troops backed by fighter jets have attacked an armed Filipino group, trying to end a standoff on Borneo island after violence that killed at least 27 people and sparked fears of broader insecurity in the resource-rich region. http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2013/03/2013355257319682.html http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2013/mar/05/malaysian-forces-attack-armed-filipino-group

3 MARCH 2013

Five Malaysian cops killed in firefight with Filipinos in Sabah standoff

Five members of the Malaysian security forces have been killed in a firefight in Sabah with an armed group believed to be among the Filipino followers of the Sulu Sultanate Saturday night http://www.gmanetwork.com/news/story/297457/news/nation/five-malaysian-cops-killed-in-firefight-with-pinoys-in-sabah-standoff-reports?ref=bannerh1 http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2013/03/2013336814161699.html http://globalnation.inquirer.net/66539/fighting-in-sabah-rages

1 MARCH 2013

Malaysia raids Sabah village to end deadlock

Twelve followers of a self-described Philippine Sultan died in a shootout with Malaysian security forces Friday, police said, as tensions ratcheted up in their 17-day standoff http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2013/03/20133141728737880.html http://www.asiaone.com/News/AsiaOne%2BNews/Asia/Story/A1Story20130301-405701.html

27 FEBRUARY 2013

Sulu sultan defies Aquino

President Aquino yesterday warned Sultan of Sulu Jamalul Kiram III he would face the “full force of the law”—possibly including arrest—unless he withdrew his armed followers from Sabah, Malaysia, but the sultan was defiant, saying his men were staying put in the disputed territory. http://globalnation.inquirer.net/65749/sulu-sultan-defies-aquino

25 FEBRUARY 2013

Philippines Martial Law Victims to Receive Reparations

Philippine President Benigno Aquino signed into law Monday legislation that would recognize and compensate victims of human rights abuses during martial law under former President Ferdinand Marcos http://www.voanews.com/content/philippines-martial-law-victims-to-receive-reparations/1610111.html

22 FEBRUARY 2013

China strategy for the Pilippines

The standoff in the Scarborough Shoal between China and the Philippines not only demonstrated Manila’s commitment to defend its maritime territory, but also Beijing’s determination to maintain its territorial aspirations at all costs. Knowing what strings to pull to pressure the Philippines, Beijing engaged in a series of de facto economic reprisals http://www.sharnoffsglobalviews.com/china-strategy-for-the-philippines/

19 FEBRUARY 2013

Filipinos’ standoff in Borneo linked to peace deal with Muslim rebels

The peculiar standoff on Borneo between Malaysian security forces and a group of men from the southern Philippines has its roots in a recent landmark peace deal between Manila and Muslim rebels, according to an expert on the region. http://edition.cnn.com/2013/02/18/world/asia/malaysia-philippines-standoff/index.html?hpt=ias_c2

Sultan: Hold your ground

Saying there was no turning back, Sultan Jamalul Kiram III has declared that his followers who crossed into the town of Lahad Datu in the Malaysian state of Sabah this month were staying put to reclaim their ancestral homeland. http://globalnation.inquirer.net/64851/sultan-hold-your-ground

18 FEBRUARY 2013

Filipinos refuse to end Borneo standoff

Followers of a Philippine sultan who crossed to the Malaysian state of Sabah this month will not leave and are reclaiming the area as their ancestral territory, the sultan has said amid a tense standoff. http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2013/02/201321824845491993.html http://www.gmanetwork.com/news/story/295486/news/regions/sabah-standoff-a-result-of-peace-pact-with-milf-sulu-sultan-claims?ref=bannerh1

17 FEBRUARY 2013

Sulu sultan won’t budge

Undaunted amidst mounting pressure from both the Philippine and Malaysian governments, Sultan Jamalul Kiram III, the acknowledged leader of the Sultanate of Sulu and North Borneo insisted that his royal decree that authorised the presence of his younger brother, crown prince Rajah Mudah Agbimuddin Kiram and the combined civilian and armed followers in Lahad Datu, Sabah. http://www.asianewsnet.net/Sulu-sultan-won’t-budge-42844.html

15 FEBRUARY 2013

Filipino gunmen to leave Malaysia territory if demands are met

A group of close to 100 Filipinos, who are in a standoff with Malaysian authorities after forcing out villagers from Kampung Tanduao, is claiming to be the royal armed forces of the Sulu Sultanate. They also want to stay put in Sabah, an area they are laying claim to, and not be deported to the Philippines. http://edition.cnn.com/2013/02/15/world/asia/malaysia-philippines-standoff/index.html?hpt=ias_c1 http://www.asianewsnet.net/Filipino-gunmen-to-leave-Msia-territory-if-demands-42775.html http://www.asiaone.com/News/AsiaOne%2BNews/Malaysia/Story/A1Story20130215-402284.html http://globalnation.inquirer.net/64577/heirs-of-sultan-of-sulu-pursue-sabah-claim-on-their-own

11 FEBRUARY 2013

Philippines’ Aquino visits rebel stronghold

Philippines: Philippine President Benigno Aquino paid a historic visit Monday to Muslim rebel territory in a bid to speed up efforts to end one of Asia’s longest and deadliest insurgencies. http://www.channelnewsasia.com/stories/afp_asiapacific/view/1253538/1/.html http://www.gmanetwork.com/news/story/294388/news/nation/pnoy-visits-milf-in-former-battleground-in-maguindanao?ref=topstories

1 FEBRUARY 2013

China opposes taking sea disputes to UN: FM

China has reiterated its opposition to the Philippines’ request to take South China Sea disputes to a UN tribunal, a Foreign Ministry spokesman said Thursday. http://www.chinamedia.com/news/2013/02/01/china-opposes-taking-sea-disputes-to-un-fm/

26 JANUARY 2013

The Philippine story: ‘Sick man of Asia’ now transforming, revitalized, dynamic

President Benigno Aquino III has pitched to the international investor community the Philippine story of transformation from being a “sick man of Asia” into one dynamic country bucking a global economic downturn. http://business.inquirer.net/104483/the-philippine-story-sick-man-of-asia-now-transforming-revitalized-dynamic

23 JANUARY 2013

Manila wants to take Beijing before a UN tribunal over the South China Sea

The Filipino government Manila has exhausted « almost all political and diplomatic avenues » to resolve the dispute over the Scarborough Shoal. Ready to provide technical support, UN wants a peaceful solution between the parties. http://www.asianews.it/news-en/Manila-wants-to-take-Beijing-before-a-UN-tribunal-over-the-South-China-Sea-26946.html http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-21163507 http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2013/01/23/world/north-korea-angered-over-u-n-rocket-vote/

22 JANUARY 2013

Philippines takes China to UN tribunal

The Philippines has taken the step of bringing its West Philippine Sea (South China Sea) territorial disputes to China before an Arbitral Tribunal under the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS) to achieve a peaceful and durable solution to the disputes, Foreign Affairs Secretary Albert Del Rosario announced. http://www.asianewsnet.net/Philippines-takes-China-to-UN-tribunal-41801.html http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-21137144

8 JANUARY 2013

Clouds gather over Mindanao peace deal

This month will mark the first 100 days after the historic signing of the Bangsamoro Peace Framework Agreement between the Philippine government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF). The agreement has been widely touted as a great leap forward toward ending armed conflict in the region through the creation of a new political entity, known as the Bangsamoro regional government, that will replace the existing five-province Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM). That optimism waned somewhat after the 12,000 strong MILF announced that it would not lay down its arms until the new http://www.atimes.com/atimes/Southeast_Asia/OA09Ae01.html

3 JANUARY 2013

The Philippines the big surprise

The Philippine GDP growth rate for 2012 is now estimated to be 6 per cent, which exceeds many earlier consensus forecasts of around 5 per cent. http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2013/01/03/the-philippines-2013-outlook/

2 JANUARY 2013

Philippine communist rebels call off truce

Communist rebels in the Philippines have called off a truce with the government, almost two weeks ahead of schedule, raising concerns about the future of peace talks. http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2013/01/20131284554693970.html

29 DECEMBER 2012

Philippines contraception law signed by Benigno Aquino

Philippines President Benigno Aquino has signed into law a bill providing for free access to contraception and family planning.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-20863691 http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2012/12/2012122992824125192.html http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/331523/rh-desaparecidos-bills-now-laws

27 DECEMBER 1012

A delayed take-off

The Philippines is finally picking up economic momentum, but this rapid growth has passed over the vast majority of the poor http://www.ft.com/intl/cms/s/0/6f0d5036-4443-11e2-932a-00144feabdc0.html?goback=%2Egde_1972950_member_202857748#axzz2HekwaLbK

25 DECEMBER 2012

Top Philippine communist rebel arrested

The arrest of Filemon Mendrez, the country’s sixth most-wanted man, comes amid a Christmas ceasefire and as the government and rebels are engaged in high-level peace talks aimed at ending one of Asia’s longest-running insurgencies. http://www.channelnewsasia.com/stories/afp_asiapacific/view/1244470/1/.html

20 DECEMBER 2012

Philippine government, rebels agree on truce

The Philippine government and communist rebels have agreed on a nationwide truce to help restart peace talks to end one of Asia’s longest-running insurgencies.
http://asiancorrespondent.com/94036/philippine-government-rebels-agree-on-truce/

18 DECEMBER 2012

Philippine Catholics oppose birth-control law

Philippine Catholic leaders have vowed to overturn a birth-control bill after legislators passed landmark legislation to make sex education and contraceptives more widely available.
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2012/12/20121218133758769401.html

17 DECEMBER 2012

Aquino issues Executive Order on Moro transition

President Aquino on Monday 17 issued an executive order creating a commission that will hammer out a proposed law creating a new autonomous government in Mindanao, the next step to fulfilling an agreement with Moro guerrillas who had given up separatism for broader self-rule.
http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/326573/aquino-issues-eo-on-moro-transition

7 DECEMBER 2012

Death toll over 500 in the Philippines following typhoon

Rescuers were digging through mud and debris Friday to retrieve more bodies strewn across a farming valley in the southern Philippines by a powerful typhoon. The death toll from the storm has surpassed 500, with more than 400 people missing. http://photoblog.nbcnews.com/_news/2012/12/07/15752731-death-toll-over-500-in-the-philippines-following-typhoon?lite

30 NOVEMBER 2012

Philippines criticises ‘dictatorial’ China

The Philippines has accused China of being « dictatorial » over plans to keep ships stationed in the disputed Scarborough Shoal area of the South China Sea
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/philippines/9714430/Philippines-criticises-dictatorial-China.html

29 NOVEMBER 2012

Philippines will not stamp new Chinese passport

The Philippines has become the latest country to say it will not stamp visas in a new Chinese passport because it includes a map of the South China Sea that Manila says shows its territor
http://asiancorrespondent.com/92683/philippines-will-not-stamp-new-chinese-passport/ http://www.voanews.com/content/philippines-vietnam-refuse-to-stamps-new-chinese-passport/1554884.html

28 NOVEMBER 2012

Manila, booming economy: growth exceeds (also) the estimates

The figure for the third quarter (July/September) showed a 7.1% increase compared to the same period in 2011. From « the sick man of Asia », the Philippines have become « the region’s diamond. » The country is among the top 10 in the world in 2012 for economic growth. Mindanao opens investment after the agreement between the government and the MILF
http://www.asianews.it/news-en/Manila,-booming-economy:-growth-exceeds-(also)-the-estimates-26476.html

22 NOVEMBER 2012

Philippines Protests Depiction of Disputed Islands on New Chinese Passports

The Philippines is protesting China’s depiction of its claims over the entire South China Sea in an image of a map printed on new Chinese passports.
http://www.voanews.com/content/philippines-protests-depiction-of-disputed-islands-on-new-chinese-passports/1550883.
html
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2012/11/201211229560658870.html

4 NOVEMBER 2012

Sea dispute to be raised at ASEM: Aquino

Philippine President Benigno Aquino said on Sunday his country would raise overlapping claims to the South China Sea during a summit of Asian and European leaders in Laos this wee
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/stories/afp_asiapacific/view/1235211/1/.html

22 OCTOBER 2012

Misuari to followers: Armed option remains

Moro leader Nur Misuari on Sunday told his followers here that armed struggle remained an option for the Moro National Liberation Front to advance the cause of the Bangsamoro people even if the MNLF signed a peace agreement with the government in 1996.
http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/293208/misuari-mnlf-keeping-options-for-armed-struggle-open

21 OCTOBER 2012

Philippines stop to celebrate new saint, Pedro Calungsod

Millions followed the canonisation Mass celebrated by the pope in St Peter’s Square. All of the country’s parishes join in the celebration with Masses, processions and prayer vigil. Martyred in 1672 at only 17, Saint Pedro is loved by young Filipinos who have chosen him as their patron saint.
http://www.asianews.it/news-en/Philippines-stop-to-celebrate-new-saint,-Pedro-Calungsod-26158.html

19 OCTOBER 2012

Chinese officials to hold talks in Manila

Deputy foreign ministers from China and the Philippines will meet in Manila on Friday 19 in their first official high-level talks since the row over Huangyan Island began in April
http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/cndy/2012-10/19/content_15829628.htm

15 OCTOBER 2012

Philippines and Muslim rebels sign key peace plan

The Philippines has signed a framework peace plan with the country’s largest Muslim rebel group, the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF). The deal follows lengthy negotiations aimed at ending a 40-year conflict that has cost an estimated 120,000 lives
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-19944101 http://www.channelnewsasia.com/stories/afp_asiapacific/view/1231404/1/.html

13 OCTOBER 2012

Philippine peace deal seen as blow to terrorists

Hunted by U.S.-backed Filipino troops in 2005, Abu Sayyaf chieftain Khadaffy Janjalani and other al-Qaida-linked militants sought refuge in the mountainous stronghold of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front, the largest Muslim rebel group in the southern Philippines. But the rebels turned them away, afraid that harboring extremists would scuttle their peace talks with the government.
http://asiancorrespondent.com/90675/philippine-peace-deal-seen-as-blow-to-terrorists/

7 OCTOBER 2012

Philippines announces peace deal with Muslim insurgents

President Benigno Aquino of the Philippines said Sunday that a deal had been agreed with the insurgent Moro Islamic Liberation Front on establishing an autonomous region for the nation’s Muslim minority, the result of 15 years of negotiations
http://www.france24.com/en/20121007-philippines-aquino-peace-deal-agreement-muslim-militants-milf-liberation-insurgents-moro
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-19860907 http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/philippines/9592414/Philippines-president-announces-landmark-peace-plan-with-Muslim-rebels.html

6 OCTOBER 2012

Audit finds Philippines lost US$2.46b to anomalies

The Philippines lost $2.46 billion through misuse of state funds and assets during the latter years of graft-tainted ex-president Gloria Arroyo’s rule, government auditors said
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/stories/afp_asiapacific/view/1229865/1/.html

Communist rebel leader captured in Philippines

New People’s Army regional chief Benjamin Mendoza and three other suspected insurgents were arrested in the early hours of Saturday outside their hideout in suburban Quezon City http://asiancorrespondent.com/90420/communist-rebel-leader-captured-in-philippines/

4 OCTOBER 2012

Philippines arrests Gloria Arroyo on plunder charges

A court had issued an arrest warrant for Mrs Arroyo, who is accused of diverting $8.8m (£5.5m) from the state lottery charity fund for personal gain
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-19825408
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2012/10/201210472623746765.html

3 OCTOBER 2012

Media groups, Filipinos protest tough cyber law

Media groups and Filipinos stepped up calls Wednesday for repealing a tough new law that targets cybercrime but activists fear will be used to suppress online freedoms in the Southeast Asian nation. http://asiancorrespondent.com/90299/media-groups-filipinos-protest-tough-cyber-law/ http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/281742/sc-no-tro-on-cyberlaw

2 OCTOBER 2012

Philippines, Muslim rebels close to peace accord

The Philippine government and Muslim rebels have resumed talks on resolving final differences in a preliminary peace accord they hope to conclude soon, in what is expected to be a major breakthrough toward ending a decades-long rebellion
http://asiancorrespondent.com/90293/philippines-muslim-rebels-close-to-peace-accord/

23 SEPTEMBER 2012

Philippines-China tension eases

Interior Secretary Mar Roxas met with China’s leader-in-waiting on Friday 21 and told him that Manila hoped to have friendly relations with Beijing and overcome difficulties caused by a territorial row in the West Philippine Sea (South China Sea)
http://globalnation.inquirer.net/50916/ph-china-tension-eases

22 SEPTEMBER 2012

Poverty traps Philippine child labourers

http://www.aljazeera.com/video/asia-pacific/2012/09/20129228349659687.html

14 SEPTEMBER 2012

Philippines on frontline of US-China rivalry

The Philippines has emerged as a frontline state in the rivalry between the United States and China for Southeast Asian power and influence. Locked in a bitter territorial dispute with Beijing in the South China Sea, and with no prospects of a diplomatic resolution in sight, Manila has moved to bolster to its long-standing strategic alliance with Washington.
http://www.atimes.com/atimes/Southeast_Asia/NI15Ae02.html

13 SEPTEMBER 2012

Some 5,000 Filipino migrant workers caught up in the Syrian inferno

Most of the migrants are women, employed as domestic and care workers by rich Syrian and foreign families. About 300 have been repatriated after fighting between rebels and the army put their lives in harm’s way
http://www.asianews.it/news-en/Some-5,000-Filipino-migrant-workers-caught-up-in-the-Syrian-inferno-25808.html

24 AUGUST 2012

First female chief justice named

President Benigno Aquino on Friday named a veteran judge as the first female chief justice of the Philippine Supreme Court, following his controversial ousting of her predecessor. http://news.asiaone.com/News/AsiaOne%2BNews/Asia/Story/A1Story20120824-367401.html http://www.gmanetwork.com/news/story/271066/news/nation/pnoy-names-sereno-new-chief-justice?ref=bannerh1

18 AUGUST 2012

Philippines interior secretary missing in plane crash

Interior secretary Jesse Robredo is among three people missing after small plane crashed at sea off a central island. http://edition.cnn.com/2012/08/18/world/asia/philippines-plane-crash/index.html?hpt=ias_c2 http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/252450/robredo-2-others-missing-after-plane-crash

6 AUGUST 2012

Philippines: Battle rages between govt troops, Islamic rebels in Maguindanao

Government troops and members of the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF) are still locked in pitched battles in several towns of Maguindanao leaving the national highway that connects Cotabato City and General Santos City impassable.
http://asiancorrespondent.com/87137/battle-rages-in-maguindanao/

5 AUGUST 2012

UN weighs in on Philippine birth control debate

The United Nations warned Sunday that failure to pass a controversial birth control law in the Philippines could reverse gains in development goals amid stiff opposition from the powerful Catholic Church.
http://www.asiaone.com/News/AsiaOne%2BNews/Asia/Story/A1Story20120805-363526.html

4 AUGUST 2012

Philippine Catholics rally against reproductive health law

Thousands of Catholics have rallied in the Philippines against a measure to control the country’s population growth.
http://www.radioaustralia.net.au/international/2012-08-05/philippine-catholics-rally-against-reproductive-health-law/993334

26 JULY 2012

Chinese fishing fleet closes in on Pag-asa Island

A fleet of 20 Chinese fishing vessels believed to be escorted by at least two naval frigates of the People’s Liberation Army has been deployed around Pag-asa Island in a move likely to escalate tensions over disputed territories in the Spratly archipelago between the Philippines and China. http://globalnation.inquirer.net/45499/china-fishing-boats-warships-drop-anchor-off-pag-asa

25 JULY 2012

Philippines’ ex-leader Gloria Arroyo free on bail

A Philippine court has granted bail to former President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo on election sabotage charges, but she is unlikely to leave detention immediately because of a pending corruption case.
http://asiancorrespondent.com/86492/philippine-ex-leader-gets-bail-ruling-still-held/
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-18979995

23 JULY 2012

Aquino urges Philippines to unite on China

Philippine President Benigno Aquino urged all Filipinos on Monday to unite in sending a message to China over a territorial row, insisting his country would not give in to its more powerful neighbour. http://www.asiaone.com/News/AsiaOne%2BNews/Asia/Story/A1Story20120723-360873.html

20 JULY 2012

Philippines struggles to curb child labour

In the Philippines there is a renewed push to stamp out child labour where over millions of children eke out a living as workers, miners and farm hands instead of going to school. http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2012/07/2012720103130712708.html

17 JULY 2012

Filipinos charged over $12,000 to flee Syria: Manila

Filipino workers trying to flee the unrest in Syria are being charged up to US$10,000 (S$12,624) by their employers before they can leave, the foreign department in Manila said on Tuesday.
http://www.asiaone.com/News/Latest%2BNews/World/Story/A1Story20120717-359698.html

9 JULY 2012

Philippines suspends governor for hitting reporter

President Benigno Aquino suspends a province governor for a month without pay for storming a state-run radio station and hitting a broadcaster on the head with a microphone.
http://www.asiaone.com/News/AsiaOne%2BNews/Asia/Story/A1Story20120709-358093.html

6 JULY 2012

Military spending spree in the Philippines

China’s rising assertiveness to claims over the contested Spratly Islands has spurred the Philippines to ramp up a long-overdue upgrade of its external defense capability. Manila’s move signals an impending arms race in the increasingly volatile region. Next month, Philippine President Benigno Aquino’s government will begin bidding for some 70 billion pesos (US$1.8 billion) worth of military contracts, the initial outlay of a 500 billion peso budget for a five-year modernization of the 125,000-strong Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP)
http://www.atimes.com/atimes/Southeast_Asia/NG06Ae01.html

30 JUNE 2012

Gov’t not doing enough to punish rights abusers’

A New York-based human rights watchdog on Saturday said Philippine government efforts at prosecuting human rights violators were not enough, with most cases failing to reach the trial stage.
http://globalnation.inquirer.net/42407/govt-not-doing-enough-to-punish-rights-abusers

28 JUNE 2012

Another prospective witness in Maguindanao massacre case confirmed killed

A prosecutor in the Maguindanao massacre case on Thursday confirmed that another prospective prosecution witness has been killed.
http://www.gmanetwork.com/news/story/263428/news/nation/another-prospective-witness-in-maguindanao-massacre-case-confirmed-killed?ref=topstories
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-18621705

22 JUNE 2012

Ethnic Chinese dominate PH economy

Truly, a picture is worth a thousand words. The pictures of the top 15 Filipino billionaires (in US dollars, mind you) in Friday’s issue of the Inquirer brought home with crystal clarity the domination of the Philippine economy by ethnic Chinese. This is, of course, not a unique situation, as it seems to be the case in all of Southeast Asia (with the possible exception of Malaysia), but that is cold comfort indeed.
http://opinion.inquirer.net/31223/ethnic-chinese-dominate-ph-economy

20 JUNE 2012

Korea to export TA-50 jets to Philippines

The Philippines air force has decided to purchase 12 TA-50 trainer jets from South Korea in a project worth nearly $360 million, a Philippines broadcaster reported Wednesday. The aircraft produced by Korea Aerospace Industries will be delivered within next year, ABS-CBN reported citing air force officials. http://view.koreaherald.com/kh/view.php?ud=20120620001048&cpv=0

18 JUNE 2012

China ships stay in Panatag Shoal

China has no immediate plans of pulling out its vessels at Scarborough Shoal in the West Philippine Sea (South China Sea), the Chinese Embassy said Monday 18.
http://globalnation.inquirer.net/40487/china-not-pulling-out-7-vessels-around-scarborough-shoal

17 JUNE 2012

Communists ready to resume talks with Philippines

Philippine communist rebels waging one of Asia’s longest-running insurgencies said Sunday they were prepared to resume formal peace talks with the government.
http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/214067/communists-ready-to-resume-talks-with-philippines

14 JUNE 2012

Scarborough Shoal: It’s PH map vs China map

Old maps, which some government officials believe may hold the key to the Philippines’ claim to Scarborough Shoal in the West Philippine Sea (South China Sea), were the created by foreign missionaries and colonial explorers, making them “personal and unofficial,” according to a report posted on the website of the Chinese Embassy in Makati City.
http://globalnation.inquirer.net/40007/scarborough-shoal-it%E2%80%99s-ph-map-vs-china-map

9 JUNE 2012

US to boost Philippine defence

The United States pledged to help the Philippines step up its defenses in the face of a rising China, as President Benigno Aquino III and President Barack Obama prepared to meet at the White House amid Philippine warnings that “weakness invites aggression.”
http://globalnation.inquirer.net/39371/us-to-boost-ph-defense

29 MAY 2012

Philippine Senate convicts chief justice

Philippine senators have voted overwhelmingly to convict Renato Corona, the country’s top judge, for failing to declare $2.4m in bank accounts after a trial that lasted five months http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2012/05/201252992220148225.html http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/203217/guilty-corona-accepts-fate-after-senate%e2%80%99s-20-3-vote

24 MAY 2012

Philippines accuses China of flaring tensions further

The Philippines yesterday accused China of flaring tensions anew by sending more government and fishing vessels to Scarborough (Panatag) Shoal despite ongoing talks to resolve the two-month-old standoff. Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) spokesperson Raul Hernandez said the number of Chinese vessels at Scarborough Shoal increased to 92 from 77 on Tuesday 22
http://globalnation.inquirer.net/37711/92-china-ships-now-in-panatag-shoal-tensions-up

11 MAY 2012

Filipinos protest at China embassy over ‘bullying’

Hundreds of Filipinos demonstrated outside the Chinese embassy in the Philippines on Friday over an escalating territorial row, with the protesters denouncing China’s rulers as arrogant bullies http://edition.cnn.com/2012/05/11/world/asia/philippines-china-dispute/index.html?hpt=ias_c2 http://www.asiaone.com/News/AsiaOne%2BNews/Asia/Story/A1Story20120511-345343.html http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-18030805

28 APRIL 2012

UN approves PH territorial claim to Benham Rise

The United Nations has approved the Philippines’ territorial claim to Benham Rise, an undersea landmass in the Pacific Ocean potentially rich in mineral and natural gas deposits, Environment Secretary Ramon Paje said
http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/183779/un-approves-ph-territorial-claim-to-benham-rise

23 APRIL 2012

Manila Court Backs Breakup of Aquino Estate

In a landmark decision, the Supreme Court in the Philippines ruled unanimously on Tuesday 23 to break up the rambling estate owned by the family of President Benigno S. Aquino III, parceling out plots to more than 6,000 farmers and their families after decades of sometimes bloody conflict over the land
http://www.nytimes.com/2012/04/25/world/asia/manila-court-backs-breakup-of-aquino-estate.html?_r=1&ref=asia

22 APRIL 2012

US commander reaffirms Philippines defense treaty

In the strongest comments yet from an American official on the South China Sea dispute, Commander of the US Marines in the Pacific Lieutenant General Duane Thiessen said the Philippines and US were bound by a military agreement
http://www.gmanetwork.com/news/story/255828/news/nation/us-commander-reaffirms-phl-defense-treaty?ref=related_stories

19 APRIL 2012

China rejects Philippines’ attempt to internationalise shoal dispute

China rejected a request by the Philippines yesterday 18 to take a maritime dispute to an international court, as Beijing sent a major ship to beef up patrols in the South China Sea.
http://www.asianewsnet.net/home/news.php?id=29742&sec=1

17 APRIL 2012

China to Philippines: Quit Scarborough Shoal

China has asked all Philippine vessels to leave immediately Panatag Shoal and sent a second aircraft buzzing over the area to scare away Filipino fishermen, officials said Tuesday 17
http://globalnation.inquirer.net/33497/china-to-philippines-quit-scarborough-shoal http://www.asiaone.com/News/AsiaOne%2BNews/Asia/Story/A1Story20120418-340640.html

11 APRIL 2012

Arroyo pleads not guilty to corruption charge

Former Philippine president Gloria Macapagal Arroyo and her husband have pleaded not guilty to corruption charges related to an overpriced deal with a Chinese telecommunications company in a second criminal case against her
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2012/04/20124114826389816.html

Philippine navy in standoff with China ships

The Philippines has summoned China’s ambassador in Manila after two Chinese ships blocked a Philippine Navy vessel from arresting Chinese fishermen in the South China Sea.
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2012/04/201241112736382783.html
http://www.asianewsnet.net/home/news.php?id=29560&sec=1

18 MARCH 2012

Japan to pour more investments in PH

The Japanese are back and a euphoric President Benigno Aquino III says he expects the wave of Japanese investments currently pouring into the country to continue for some time.
http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/163239/japan-to-pour-more-investments-in-ph

3 MARCH 2012

Government defends abstention in UN vote on Syria

Fearing reprisals against Filipino workers, the Philippine government abstained from voting on a United Nations (UN) Human Rights Council resolution deploring the “brutal actions of the Syrian regime” and reiterating the need to urgently address humanitarian needs, according to the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA
http://globalnation.inquirer.net/27133/government-defends-abstention-in-un-vote-on-syria

29 FEBRUARY 2012

Philippines to defy China and expand oil search

The Philippines said Wednesday it would push ahead with plans to expand oil and gas exploration in waters also claimed by China, as it brushed off a fresh Chinese warning
http://www.asiaone.com/News/AsiaOne%2BNews/Asia/Story/A1Story20120229-330899.html

23 FEBRUARY 2012

Arroyo pleads not guilty to poll fraud

Former Philippine President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo has pleaded not guilty to an electoral fraud charge at the opening of a landmark trial.
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2012/02/201222311129150864.html

16 FEBRUARY 2012

OFW remittances hit record $20B

Overseas Filipinos sent home a record $20.12 billion last year, rising 7.2 percent from 2010 and exceeding the government forecast of 7 percent despite a slowing US economy and debt problems in Europe
http://business.inquirer.net/44773/ofw-remittances-hit-record-20b

2 FEBRUARY 2012

Philippine military ‘kills three wanted militants’

The Philippine military says it has killed three senior militants from al-Qaeda-linked groups in a raid in the south of the country. Officials said two Jemaah Islamiyah (JI) leaders and one Abu Sayyaf leader were among a total of 15 people killed
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-16849271
http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/world_now/2012/02/terrorist-group-leaders-killed-south-philippines.html

23 JANUARY 2012

NY-based group raps Aquino over human rights abuses

The New York-based Human Rights Group on Monday lamented that President Aquino’s valiant promises to stem the rampant violation of human rights have remained just that, and said it could show its resolve by arresting a high ranking retired military officer accused of kidnapping militant students
http://globalnation.inquirer.net/23751/ny-group-hits-aquino-on-rights-abuses

8 JANUARY 2012

China accused by Philippines of Spratlys intrusion

The Philippines has accused China of intruding into its waters around the disputed Spratly islands after three ships were spotted in December
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-16459425

7 JANUARY 2012

While one general rises …

Lieutenant General Jessie Dellosa, a senior military aide to former Philippine president Corazon Aquino, will now serve « Cory’s » son, current President Benigno Aquino III, as the 43rd chief of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP). Dellosa’s appointment comes at a time of rising security threats, including growing maritime tensions with China and changing dynamics in insurgencies in the country’s southern region.
http://www.atimes.com/atimes/Southeast_Asia/NA07Ae02.html

… while another one falls
The recent filing of kidnapping and illegal detention charges against prominent retired Philippine general Jovito Palparan has restored faith in President Benigno Aquino’s promised reform agenda and given cheer to the country’s many human-rights campaigners. Palparan, a figure intimately tied to the rash of extrajudicial killings and enforced disappearances recorded during Gloria Macapagal Arroyo’s presidency, has disappeared since the Department of Justice (DOJ) issued charges against him and three other soldiers for kidnapping two University of the Philippines students and a peasant farmer in June 2006
http://www.atimes.com/atimes/Southeast_Asia/NA07Ae01.html

27 DECEMBER 2011

Philippines flash floods death toll nears 1,500

Almost 1,500 people are now known to have died in flash floods that struck the southern Philippines more than a week ago
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-16336706

19 DECEMBER 2011

Philippines floods: Aid agencies say 120,000 in need

Aid agencies in the Philippines are trying to reach more than 120,000 people affected by flash flooding on the island of Mindanao. At least 972 people died in the disaster, according to goverment sources.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-16249763
http://www.france24.com/en/20111219-mass-burial-flash-flood-victims-death-count-650-philippines-washi-rescue
18 DECEMBER 2011

Philippines flood toll passes 650 as search continues

The number of people killed in the Philippines by floods triggered by Tropical Storm Washi has risen to 650. Soldiers and volunteers are still searching for the 800 people reported missing on southern Mindanao island. http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2011/12/201112184120695345.htmlhttp://edition.cnn.com/2011/12/18/world/asia/philippines-storm/index.html?hpt=ias_c1 http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-pacific-16236757 http://www.nytimes.com/2011/12/18/world/asia/flooding-kills-scores-in-southern-philippines.html?_r=1&ref=asia

16 DECEMBER 2011

US urges China to release human rights lawyer

The United States has urged China to « immediately release » human rights lawyer Gao Zhisheng and to clarify his whereabouts. http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2011/12/2011121618851238855.html
13 DECEMBER 2011

Philippine vote official held on fraud charge

Benjamin Abalos, the former head of the country’s election authority, surrendered to a Manila regional court in suburban Pasay city on Tuesday 13 and was placed under arrest
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2011/12/2011121375759425118.html

12 DECEMBER 2011

Philippine chief justice impeached

The Philippine House of Representatives has impeached the country’s supreme court chief justice over alleged corruption and favoritism toward arrested ex-president Gloria Macapagal Arroyo. A majority of the 284 members of the lower chamber of congress signed a resolution on Monday to impeach Renato Corona, who will now be tried by the senate in an impeachment tribunal
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2011/12/2011121214140969931.html
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-16144786

6 DECEMBER 2011

Palace-Supreme Court fight escalates

Philippines: Palace officials on Tuesday joined President Benigno Aquino III in stepping up attacks against the Supreme Court, warning magistrates against obstructing a popular reformist agenda and raising the specter of a people power uprising
against them
http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/106417/palace-supreme-court-fight-escalates

23 NOVEMBER 2011

Mike Arroyo liable in helicopter scam

A fact-finding panel of the Office of the Ombudsman found the husband of the former President and now Pampanga representative liable for graft charges for the allegedly anomalous sale of helicopters to the Philippine National Police in 2009
http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/99407/mike-arroyo-liable-in-helicopter-scam

Slow trial frustrates Philippine massacre kin

Two years after a political massacre in the southern Philippines became the single worst slaying of journalists in the world, more than half of the nearly 200 suspects remain at large
http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/45410170/ns/world_news/
http://www.atimes.com/atimes/Southeast_Asia/MK24Ae02.html

21 NOVEMBER 2011

Philippines considers South Korean military equipment

The Philippines on Monday expressed its interest in acquiring military helicopters, boats and aircraft from South Korea as part of efforts to
boost its military capabilities amid growing tensions with China in the disputed South China Sea.
http://www.monstersandcritics.com/news/asiapacific/news/article_1676425.php/Philippines-considers-South-Korean-military-equipment
18 NOVEMBER 2011

Philippines arrests ex-president in hospital room

Former Philippine President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo was arrested in her hospital room on electoral fraud charges Friday in a high-profile tug of war set off by her attempts to leave the country ostensibly for medical treatment
http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/45350046/ns/world_news/

15 NOVEMBER 2011

Philippines: Gloria Arroyo stopped from boarding plane

The Philippine government has defied a Supreme Court ruling that allowed former President Gloria Arroyo to travel abroad for medical treatment.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-15732351
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2011/11/20111115113623552423.html
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2011/11/2011111681616795467.html

More Filipino families rate themselves poor in survey

The number of Filipino families who consider themselves poor has grown, according to the latest Social Weather Stations (SWS) survey, particularly in Luzon (excluding Metro Manila) where gloom about worsening conditions had expanded, eclipsing improvements seen in other areas.
http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/93967/more-filipino-families-rate-themselves-poor-in-survey
10 NOVEMBER 2011

Philippines roils South China Sea

Tensions are rising again as China and the Philippines bump boats and trade diplomatic barbs over the contested Spratly Islands in the South China Sea. Adding fuel to the fire were recent « war games » staged by 3,000 American and Filipino marines near the hotly disputed maritime territory. The latest row was sparked by alleged intrusions into each other’s claimed area in the potentially oil-and-gas rich chain of islands, where more than 50% of the world’s merchant fleet tonnage passes each year. It also comes ahead of a crucial East Asian Summit meeting later this month in Bali, Indonesia where world leaders will be in attendance and the issue on the agenda
http://www.atimes.com/atimes/Southeast_Asia/MK10Ae01.html

8 NOVEMBER 2011

Philippines bans ex-president Arroyo from travel

The Philippine government on Tuesday rejected an appeal from former president Gloria Arroyo to travel abroad for medical treatment, saying she may be trying to avoid a graft probe.
http://www.asiaone.com/News/Latest%2BNews/Asia/Story/A1Story20111108-309408.html
http://www.monstersandcritics.com/news/asiapacific/news/article_1673847.php/Ex-Philippine-president-Arroyo-not-allowed-to-seek-treatment-abroad

3 NOVEMBER 2011

Philippines ranks 8th among 135 on world gender equality

The Philippines, where women and men enjoy the same access to education, remains in the top 10 countries with the least gender gap, according to the 2011 Global Gender Gap rankings by the Geneva-based World Economic Forum. From ninth place last year, the Philippines ranks eighth among 135 countries this year, with a score of 0.768.
http://globalnation.inquirer.net/16879/philippines-ranks-8th-among-135-on-world-gender-equality

26 OCTOBER 2011

Clashes in Philippines Could Threaten Government Peace Talks

Philippine defense officials say fighting between government forces and the country’s largest Muslim rebel group has displaced some 20,000 residents of two southern provinces. The fighting is happening even though the two sides are in the midst of peace talks.
http://www.voanews.com/english/news/asia/southeast/Clashes-in-Philippines-Could-Threaten-Government-Peace-Talks-132611893.html

17 OCTOBER 2011

Italian missionary’s slay shocks Church

In a broad daylight murder that stunned members of the Roman Catholic Church, as well as government officials, Italian missionary Fr. Fausto Tentorio—fondly known as “Father Pops”—was gunned down in a church compound in Arakan town while a flag-raising ceremony was going on nearby
http://globalnation.inquirer.net/15531/italian-missionarys-slay-shocks-church

15 OCTOBER 2011

Wasted youth in the Philippines

It’s a cliche for politicians to talk about youth as the hope of a nation. In the Philippines, national leaders are instead planning a war on youth. A series of startling crimes committed by children barely out of grade school has national legislators mulling legal changes that would make kids as young as nine years old criminally liable for their actions. Calls to lower the age limit gained momentum following news footage featuring a series of armed robberies committed by minors who forcibly open the doors of taxis caught in traffic
http://www.atimes.com/atimes/Southeast_Asia/MJ15Ae02.html

13 OCTOBER 2011

Aquino: No state honors for Marcos

President Benigno Aquino (left) says there will be no state funeral or any kind of state honors for the late Ferdinand Marcos whose remains lie in an airconditioned glass case in Batac, Ilocos Norte. Photos by PDI
http://www.asianewsnet.net/home/news.php?id=22743&sec=1

8 SEPTEMBER 2011

NDF drops ‘coalition gov’t’ from agenda

The government and the communist-led National Democratic Front (NDF) have agreed to resume peace talks sometime between late October and early November even as both sides issued conflicting statements on the release of jailed rebels
http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/54895/ndf-drops-%E2%80%98coalition-gov%E2%80%99t%E2%80%99-from-agenda

24 AUGUST 2011

President Aquino: Ship symbol of our defense

The Philippines’ newest warship, which sailed on Tuesday into Manila Bay after a 14,679-kilometer voyage from the United States, was hailed by President Benigno Aquino III as a symbol of the country’s determination to defend its claims in the disputed West Philippine Sea (South
China Sea)
http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/46823/president-aquino-ship-symbol-of-our-defense

3 AUGUST 2011

Choppy waters ahead in South China Sea

The Philippines Wednesday (August 3) dismissed a tough Chinese warning, insisting it would go ahead with plans to explore for oil in the disputed waters
http://www.asianewsnet.net/home/news.php?id=20419&sec=1
http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/35983/philippines-china-word-war-worsens

29 JULY 2011

House raiders: So sorry

“You can’t hide anything that stinks.”

With those words, Senior Superintendent Rafael Santiago on Friday apologized to the Filipino nation, “and especially to Madame Susan Roces,” for what he and his men did six years ago—steal election returns (ERs) to ensure the victory of then President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo in the
fraud-marred 2004 presidential election.
http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/33073/house-raiders-so-sorry

28 JULY 2011

The Aquino-Arroyo Contest Heats Up

The bloodhounds appear to be sniffing closer to former Philippines President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo, whom the current president, Benigno S. Aquino III, has vowed to put in jail on corruption charges. Whether they will track her down remains problematical, given the Filipino culture of
impunity. Arroyo announced earlier this week that she was to enter St. Luke’s Medical Center in Metro Manila on July 28 for what was described as a “risky” operation to correct a pinched nerve in her spine. And, despite the fact that Aquino appears intent in getting her behind bars, the Malacañang presidential palace asked the public to offer prayers for Mrs. Arroyo’s recovery
http://www.asiasentinel.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=3351&Itemid=187

20 JULY 2011

South China Sea dispute: Philippine MPs visit Spratlys

The politicians landed on Pagasa island, the only island in the Spratlys chain populated by Filipinos, and sang the national anthem with residents
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-pacific-14212130
http://english.aljazeera.net/video/asia-pacific/2011/07/2011720202513219765.html

19 JULY 2011

Report cites Philippines rights abuses

The government of the Philippines is failing to investigate and prosecute killings and abuses by the military, fuelling further injustices, according to a report by Human Rights Watch (HRW). The report, released on Monday, detailed evidence of the military’s involvement in seven killings and three enforced disappearances of leftist activists since Benigno Aquino III, Philippines’ president, took office in June last year.
http://english.aljazeera.net/news/asia-pacific/2011/07/201171962325481147.html

15 JULY 2011

Philippine navy colonel detained for calling for Aquino ouster

A colonel in the Philippine Navy who allegedly called for the ouster of the government has been confined to his quarters, the chief of the navy said Frida
http://www.monstersandcritics.com/news/asiapacific/news/article_1651389.php/Philippine-navy-colonel-detained-for-calling-for-Aquino-ouster

17 JUNE 2011

Philippines Stands All but Alone in Banning Divorce

When citizens of the small Mediterranean nation of Malta voted in a referendum last month to legalize divorce, they reignited debate in the Philippines, one of the last countries, along with Vatican City, where divorce is still banned
http://www.nytimes.com/2011/06/18/world/asia/18iht-philippines18.html?ref=asia
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/stories/southeastasia/view/1135789/1/.html

26 MAY 2011

A million Filipinos joined ranks of unemployed since November

More than one million adult Filipinos joined the ranks of the unemployed between November and March, according to the latest survey conducted by the Social Weather Stations (SWS). The SWS survey, conducted on March 4 to 7 and released on Wednesday, said adult unemployment rose to 27.2 percent, or an estimated 11.3 million, from 23.5 percent (9.9 million) just four months before.
http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/9254/a-million-filipinos-joined-ranks-of-unemployed-since-nov

23 MAY 2011

Call for Chinese restraint over Spratlys

Meeting amid renewed tensions over territorial disputes in the South China Sea, the defence chiefs of China and the Philippines jointly called for « responsible behaviour » while all parties work for a peaceful resolution
http://www.straitstimes.com/BreakingNews/SEAsia/Story/STIStory_672112.html
http://www.straitstimes.com/BreakingNews/SEAsia/Story/STIStory_672112.htmlwsnet.net/home/news.php?id=19058&sec=1

20 MAY 2011

Saudis reject Philippine maids pay rise bid

The Philippines said Friday Saudi Arabia had rejected a demand to guarantee higher pay for Filipina maids, temporarily closing one of the largest labour markets for the struggling Asian nation. The dispute began early this year after the Philippines demanded a minimum US$400 (S$494) monthly wage for its domestic workers as well as proof that Saudi households employing them would pay and provide humane working conditions
http://www.asiaone.com/News/Latest%2BNews/Asia/Story/A1Story20110520-279878.html

29 APRIL 2011

VFA allows US presence But DFA adds revival of US bases ‘not possible

Temporary US presence in the country may be permitted, but the return of American military bases in the Philippines is “not possible” under the Visiting Forces Agreement (VFA) with the United States, the Department of Foreign Affairs said
http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/inquirerheadlines/nation/view/20110429-333544/VFA-allows-US-presence

7 APRIL 2011

Ex-dictator Marcos in Philippine ‘Hall of Heroes

Marcos, who has been accused of human rights abuses and massive corruption, is in the museum as part of a showcase for those who received the military’s highest honour, the « Medal of Valour, » Brigadier General Jose Mabanta told AFP
http://www.asiaone.com/News/Latest%2BNews/Asia/Story/A1Story20110407-272352.html

28 MARCH 2011

Hero’s Burial for Marcos?

Twenty-five years after he died in exile in Hawaii, sentiment is growing in the Philippines to bury the late dictator Ferdinand Marcos, who looted his country of a suspected US$100 billion, in the country’s Cemetery of Heroes. That feeling culminated earlier this week in a resolution by 190 members of the Philippine House of Representatives asking President Benigno Aquino III to allow the burial in the Libingan ng Mga Bayani, as the cemetery is known, in the historic Fort Bonifacio in Manila. More lawmakers in the 284-member chamber are expected to sign on as well
http://www.asiasentinel.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=3085&Itemid=187

07 FEBRUARY 2011

MILF divided, Mindanao peace process at risk

Leaders of the Moro National Liberation Front create a new army and leave the line of dialogue supported by the rest of the group. AsiaNews sources emphasize the risk of a new civil war in the Muslim majority region
http://www.asianews.it/news-en/MILF-divided,-Mindanao-peace-process-at-risk-20712.html

27 October 2010

Policeman says he was paid for Philippine massacre

A Philippine police officer on Wednesday 27 testified in court that he was paid about 350 US dollars (S$455) by a powerful Muslim clan scion to help carry out the country’s worst political massacre.

Inspector Rex Ariel Diongon said he received the money from Andal Ampatuan Jnr to set up the police checkpoint that stopped the convoy of a rival politician in the southern province of Maguindanao last year
http://news.asiaone.com/News/Latest%2BNews/Asia/Story/A1Story20101027-244498.html

19 OCTOBER 2010

Filipinos aim to give US army the boot

Some 3,000 United States Marines are currently in the Philippines for joint training exercises with their Filipino counterparts amid mounting opposition calls to scrap a controversial bilateral military pact
http://www.atimes.com/atimes/Southeast_Asia/LJ20Ae02.html

12 OCTOBER 2010

Armed Forces of the Philippines welcome P-Noy amnesty grant

The Armed Forces of the Philippines on Tuesday said it was respecting the proclamation of President Benigno Simeon C. Aquino, the military’s commander-in-chief, granting amnesty to military officers and men who figured in at least three attempts to overthrow the previous administration
http://www.pna.gov.ph/index.php?idn=0&nid=1&rid=306358
http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/inquirerheadlines/nation/view/20101013-297414/Aquino-grants-amnesty-to-Trillanes-mutineers

21 JUNE 2010

Sex education campaign in Philippine schools sparks debate

A new sex education campaign in Philippine schools has sparked widespread debate in Asia’s bedrock of Catholicism, where the high
birth rate is blamed for desperate poverty
http://news.asiaone.com/News/Education/Story/A1Story20100621-223293.html

17 MAY 2010

Elections in the Philippines: Little to be Proud of

Gabriela Perdomo – Final results are yet to be announced but it is not too early to give a poor mark to the most recent presidential and legislative elections in the Philippines. The May 10 ballot was marked by allegations of fraud, vote-buying and violence, leading up to and on election day, leaving dozens of fatal victims behind
http://www.angus-reid.com/analysis/view/35499/elections_in_the_philippines_little_to_be_proud_of/

1 MAY 2010

Political dynasties in the Philippines

The four-part special report prepared the Philippine Daily Inquirer’s Across the Nation section and filed by dozens of provincial correspondents identifies many of the political dynasties who have staked a claim to the 2010 elections. The lead paragraph of the second story in the series gives us the necessary perspective: “In 50 provinces, at least 108 families use elections in the Philippines as a virtual playground to keep themselves in political power.”
http://www.asianewsnet.net/home/news.php?id=11677&sec=3

13 SEPTEMBER 2009

Over 3,000 killed in communist movement in 8 years

Violence spawned by the communist insurgent movement in the Philippines has claimed more than 3,000 lives over the last eight years, figures released by the military showed. The figures revealed that 1,072 soldiers and police, 1,476 rebels and 559 civilians had died in communist
insurgent-related violence since 2001
http://www.straitstimes.com/Breaking%2BNews/SE%2BAsia/Story/STIStory_429221.html

 

 

 

 

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19 MARCH 2017

Thai police say they have found plot to assassinate PM

Thai police said on Sunday (Mar 19) they had uncovered a plot to assassinate the country’s prime minister after seizing a weapons cache belonging to a fugitive anti-junta activist
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/thai-police-say-they-have-found-plot-to-assassinate-pm/3608634.html
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/politics/1217649/red-shirt-weapons-plot-aimed-to-kill-pm

22 FEBRUARY 2017

Thai army claims pact with separatists

Thailand’s army has reached a breakthrough pact with a Muslim separatist group to create a safety zone in restive southern provinces, the lead negotiator said on Wednesday, but analysts queried if it could succeed without support from other groups
http://www.chinadailyasia.com/asia/2017-02/22/content_15575765.html
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/security/1203013/army-claims-breakthrough-safe-zone-deal

14 FEBRUARY 2017

Thailand’s new king shows his strength

From requiring constitutional changes to pushing for unity in the divided country and reshaping the royal household, Thailand’s new king is putting an assertive stamp on his rule
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/southeast-asia/article/2070740/thailands-new-king-shows-his-strength

4 FEBRUARY 2017

Thailand’s New King Is Making a Power Grab

Seeking more power, Thailand’s King Vajiralongkorn is moving the country away from being a constitutional monarchy
http://thediplomat.com/2017/02/thailands-new-king-is-making-a-power-grab/

18 JANUARY 2017

Thai south Muslims mourn death of rebel ‘spiritual leader’

Muslims across Thailand’s restive « Deep South » are mourning the death of Sapae-ing Basor, the spiritual leader of a near 13-year rebellion against Bangkok’s rule that has claimed more than 6,800 lives
http://www.straitstimes.com/asia/se-asia/thai-south-muslims-mourn-death-of-rebel-spiritual-leader
http://www.khaosodenglish.com/politics/2017/01/16/death-separatist-leader-prompts-hope-fear-peace-prospects/

13 JANUARY 2017

Thai parliament approves king’s constitutional changes request, likely delaying élections

Thailand’s military-backed parliament voted overwhelmingly on Friday to make amendments to the constitution as suggested by the new king’s office, a move likely to delay a general election scheduled for the end of the year
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/thai-parliament-approves-king-s-constitutional-changes-request/3435906.html

10 JANUARY 2017

New Thai King requests constitutional changes to ‘ensure his royal powers’

Thailand’s PM says the new King is requesting changes to the draft constitution to ensure his royal powers but they have « nothing to do with the rights and freedoms of the people »
http://www.radioaustralia.net.au/international/2017-01-10/new-thai-king-requests-constitutional-changes-to-ensure-his-royal-powers-prime-minister/1643520
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/thai-kings-office-seeks-changes-draft-constitution
https://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20170110_35/

2 JANUARY 2017

Thai army chief vows no more coups as fresh doubt cast on 2017 election pledge

They may have successfully seized power 12 times in the last eight decades but Thailand’s army chief has said military coups are officially a thing of the past
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/southeast-asia/article/2058708/thai-army-chief-vows-no-more-coups-fresh-doubt-cast-2017

1 JANUARY 2017

Thai King urges unity in first New Year speech

King Maha Vajiralongkorn called for unity in his first New Year address since taking over from his late father, who was widely seen as a unifying force during decades of turbulence
https://asiancorrespondent.com/2017/01/thai-king-urges-unity-first-new-year-speech/

1 DECEMBER 2016

New era for Thai monarchy as crown prince proclaimed King Rama X

Crown Prince Maha Vajiralongkorn was proclaimed king of Thailand late Thursday, in a statement read on all television channels, ascending the throne 50 days after his father’s death
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-38168912
http://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20161202_04/
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/southeast-asia/article/2050883/new-era-thai-monarchy-crown-prince-set-be-proclaimed-king

31 OCTOBER 2016

Thailand ‘making preparations’ for Dec 1 succession

Thailand is making preparations for Crown Prince Maha Vajiralongkorn to ascend the throne on Dec 1, two senior military sources with knowledge of the matter said
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/thailand-making-preparations-dec-1-succession

21 OCTOBER 2016

Ex Thai PM Yingluck Shinawatra told to pay $997 million over subsidy scheme

Former Thai Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra has confirmed that she has been ordered by the ruling junta to pay 35 billion-baht ($997 million) in damages for a rice subsidy plan, but has pledged to fight the charge
http://aa.com.tr/en/asia-pacific/ex-thai-pm-told-to-pay-997-million-over-subsidy-scheme/669333

15 OCTOBER 2016

Thailand picks ex-PM Prem as caretaker after king’s death

There was no official statement on Saturday about the appointment of Prem Tinsulanonda, but as head of the advisory council to the king, he automatically becomes the caretaker until a new monarch is crowned, according to the country’s constitution
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2016/10/thailand-picks-pm-caretaker-king-death-161015130301947.html
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hULd_Vl9t6Q

13 OCTOBER 2016

Thai king Bhumibol Adulyadej dies after 70-year reign

Thailand’s King Bhumibol Adulyadej has died aged 88, ending seven decades on the throne during which he became a unifying father figure and rare source of stability in a country that has weathered more than a dozen coups since he came to power in 1946 aged just 18
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/oct/13/thai-king-bhumibol-adulyadej-dies-after-70-year-reign
http://www.scmp.com/week-asia/politics/article/2027797/thailands-king-dead-nation-plunges-mourning-and-uncertainty
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/king-bhumibol-adulyadej-1927-2016/2921452.html

11 OCTOBER 2016

Thai ‘Red Shirt’ leader Jatuporn Prompan back behind bars after TV show appearance

Court rules that Jatuporn Prompan breached bail conditions by being sarcastic about the work of the country’s military junta during a TV show
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/southeast-asia/article/2027018/thai-red-shirt-leader-back-behind-bars-after-tv-show

6 OCTOBER 2016

Thai university commemorates 40th anniversary of massacre

A group of mourners comprising Buddhist monks, activists and others gathered Thursday to mark the 40th anniversary of one of the darkest days in Thailand’s history, when police killed scores of university students at a peaceful protest, and ghoulish vigilantes defiled the dead
https://asiancorrespondent.com/2016/10/thai-uni-40th-anniversary-massacre/
http://www.khaosodenglish.com/life/arts/2016/10/06/thammasat-massacre-relived-40-years-arts-culture/

2 OCTOBER 2016

Thailand introduces new anti-corruption court

Thailand is set to open a specialised corruption court after Prayauth Chan-ocha, prime minister, promised to eradicate corruption in the country within 20 years
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2016/10/thailand-introduces-anti-corruption-court-161002162235702.html

28 SEPTEMBER 2016

Thailand authorities shut down Amnesty International torture talk with threats of arrest

Human rights group Amnesty International has cancelled the official launch of a report on torture in Thailand after the military Government threatened to arrest one of its speakers
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-09-28/thailand-shuts-down-amnesty-torture-event-with-arrest-threats/7885664?section=world
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/sep/28/amnesty-thailand-torture-report-launch-cancelled-police-warning

17 SEPTEMBER 2016

Thai government a failure: Analysts

Analysts yesterday slammed the post-coup junta-backed government over its two-year performance report card, giving it a « fail » grade as it did not address some key issues and lacked concrete achievements and vision
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/thai-govt-failure-analysts

1  SEPTEMBER 2016

Thailand’s government to resume peace talks with Muslim insurgents

Thailand’s military government said on Thursday (Sept 1) that peace talks with Muslim separatists operating in the far south of the country would resume in Malaysia, but no agreement would be signed unless the insurgents observed a ceasefire
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/thailands-government-resume-peace-talks-muslim-insurgents
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/security/1075789/southern-peace-talks-to-resume-on-friday

12 AUGUST 2016

Bombs in Thai resort towns kill four, injure 19, including foreigners

A string of bomb attacks hit popular tourist towns across Thailand, leaving four dead and many wounded, with authorities on Friday (Aug 12) ruling out terrorism despite suspicions insurgents in the kingdom’s deep south are responsible
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/four-dead-as-blasts-hit/3036348.html
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/southeast-asia/article/2002682/bombs-thai-resort-town-hua-hin-kill-one-injure-19-including
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-37059508

7 AUGUST 2016

Voters in Thailand Endorse Military’s Proposed Constitution

In its first test at the polls, Thailand’s military government won overwhelming approval Sunday of a new constitution that aims to reduce the power of political parties and extend the influence of the military
http://www.nytimes.com/2016/08/08/world/asia/thailand-constitution-referendum.html?ribbon-ad-idx=3&rref=world/asia&module=Ribbon&version=context&region=Header&action=click&contentCollection=Asia%20Pacific&pgtype=article
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-36972396
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/politics/1055413/yes-camp-overwhelms-charter-referendum

27 JULY 2016

Former PM Abhisit says ‘no’ to draft charter

Democrat Party leader Abhisit Vejjajiva says he will not accept the draft constitution, revealing for the first time his personal stand on the issue.
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/politics/1045905/abhisit-says-no-to-draft-charter
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/ex-premier-abhisit-turns-thai-juntas-draft-charter

21 JULY 2016

As constitutional referendum nears thailand intensifies censorship

Thailand’s military-backed government has authorized the National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission (NBTC) to shut down TV and radio stations which are found guilty of broadcasting programs that threaten national security. Furthermore, the junta gave NBTC officials immunity from legal accountability
https://globalvoices.org/2016/07/21/as-constitutional-referendum-nears-thailand-intensifies-censorship/

29 JUNE 2016

US to remove Thailand from list of worst human trafficking offenders in 2016 report

The United States has decided to remove Thailand from its list of worst human trafficking offenders, officials said, a move that could help smooth relations with Bangkok’s military-run Government
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-06-29/us-to-upgrade-thailand-in-annual-human-trafficking-report/7555004?section=world
http://www.straitstimes.com/world/united-states/us-to-remove-thailand-from-list-of-worst-human-trafficking-offenders-sources

16 JUNE 2016

The King is (nearly) dead: long live the King?

In The New Mandala, Llewellyn McCann explores what the royal succession will mean for Thai elite politics.
http://www.newmandala.org/the-king-is-nearly-dead-will-it-be-long-live-the-king/

9 JUNE 2016

Thais celebrate 70 years of revered King Bhumibol’s reign but ongoing health concerns add to anxiety about succession

After seven decades on the throne, King Bhumibol is seen by many Thais as a pillar of stability, and accorded semi-divine status. But the kingdom marks his platinum jubilee on Thursday amid anxiety over his health and at a critical political juncture
http://www.euronews.com/2016/06/09/celebrations-in-bangkok-for-70-years-of-thai-king-bhumibol-s-reign/
http://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20160609_27/
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-36486536

22 MAY 2016

Largest anti-coup rally as Thais mark 2 years of army takeover

Hundreds of protesters on Sunday marked the second anniversary of Thailand’s latest coup with song, dance, speeches and pro-democracy banners, in the largest show of dissent since the military toppled an elected government
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/largest-anti-coup-rally-thais-mark-2-years-army-takeover
http://www.khaosodenglish.com/detail.php?newsid=1463919585&section=11

31 MARCH 2016

Thai junta grants police powers to Military

On the order of junta chief Prayuth Chan-ocha, a wide range of powers usually reserved for civilian police were bestowed to members of the military Tuesday night, ostensibly to carry out the junta’s policy of rooting out underworld influences and unduly “influential people” in the economy and society
https://asiancorrespondent.com/2016/03/thai-soldiers-police-like-powers/
http://www.khaosodenglish.com/detail.php?newsid=1459332070&section=11

Thailand bans journalist Pravit Rojanaphruk from travelling to UN event

Thailand’s Government has banned an outspoken journalist from travelling to Finland to celebrate World Press Freedom Day in May
http://www.radioaustralia.net.au/international/2016-03-31/thailand-bans-journalist-pravit-rojanaphruk-from-travelling-to-un-event/1564576

28 FEBRUARY 2016

Thaksin Shinawatra: Let Thailand return to democracy (A long TV interview)

In this episode of Talk to Al Jazeera, Thaksin Shinawatra, who has largely remained silent since the coup forced him from office, talks to Wayne Hay about the challenges facing the country and what lies ahead.
http://www.aljazeera.com/programmes/talktojazeera/2016/02/thaksin-shinawatra-thailand-return-democracy-160227132654355.html

14 FEBRUARY 2016

Junta Threatens to Summon Critics of Charter Draft

Anyone who criticizes the new constitution drafted recently by a junta-appointed body risks being summoned for a “discussion” with the military junta, a spokesman warned yesterday.
http://www.khaosodenglish.com/detail.php?newsid=1455080816&section=11

12 FEBRUARY 2016

Thai deputy PM sets July 31 date for constitution referendum, promises 2017 election

The deputy prime minister of Thailand’s military government says a referendum on a new constitution will be held on July 31 and will be followed by a general election before the end of next year, whether or not the new charter is approved.
https://asiancorrespondent.com/2016/02/thai-deputy-pm-sets-july-31-date-for-constitution-referendum-promises-2017-election/

10 FEBRUARY 2016

The effects of Thailand’s proposed electoral system

The post(s) are designed to explain the proposed electoral system and its implementation. The posts do not endorse any electoral system or represent the views of anyone else.
https://asiancorrespondent.com/2016/02/the-effects-of-thailands-proposed-electoral-system/

2 FEBRUARY 2016

Longtime Political Cartoonist ‘Stephff’ Loses Work Permit & Visa in Thailand

A longtime political cartoonist for a major English-language newspaper said today he has been denied his media visa, working permit and press card, effectively making it illegal for him to work in Thailand as a journalist.
http://www.khaosodenglish.com/detail.php?newsid=1454405787
http://www.khaosodenglish.com/detail.php?newsid=1454474948&section=11

29 JANUARY 2016

Thailand’s draft constitution unveiled, elections pushed back

Thailand has published a draft constitution, but the official in charge of drawing it up said he feared it would not resolve long-running troubles and critics said it would produce weak civilian government under the sway of the military
http://www.radioaustralia.net.au/international/2016-01-29/thailands-draft-constitution-unveiled-elections-pushed-back/1541564
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/politics/845072/devil-in-the-charter-details
http://www.nationmultimedia.com/politics/Thumbs-down-for-charter-30278120.html

26 JANUARY 2016

Thai junta chief vows 2017 elections even if charter rejected

Thailand’s junta chief on Tuesday vowed to hold a general election in the summer of 2017 even if a new constitution penned by regime appointees is rejected in a public referendum
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/thai-junta-chief-vows-2017-elections-even-if-charter-rejected
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/politics/839968/election-on-course-regardless-of-referendum-outcome

9 JANUARY 2016

Thailand adopts tough penalties for child pornography

Thailand has brought in tougher new measures to deal with the spread of child pornography in the country, a move it hopes will protect vulnerable children
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2016/01/thailand-adopts-tough-penalties-child-pornography-160109141825392.html

3 JANUARY 2016

Drawing and crossing the line in ThaIland

Thailand’s political cartoonists are in the business of cutting very close to the bone, but now more than ever they must watch their step
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/special-reports/814008/drawing-and-crossing-the-line

14 DECEMBER 2015

Ailing Thai King makes rare public appearance

Thailand’s revered but ailing King Bhumibol Adulyadej made a rare public appearance Monday, his first since September, amid growing concern about his health
https://sg.news.yahoo.com/ailing-thai-king-makes-rare-public-appearance-153746159.html
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/thailand-s-88-year-old-ki/2346710.html

13 NOVEMBER 2015

Reporters Without Borders’ Bashes Junta on Press Freedom

“Media Hounded by Junta Since 2014 Coup,” a special report released Thursday by Paris-based Reporters Without Borders, describes junta chairman Prayuth Chan-ocha as a “predator of press freedom” who has systematically rolled back rights and expressionhttp://www.khaosodenglish.com/detail.php?newsid=1447415140&section=11

10 NOVEMBER 2015

When’s the next coup? Thailand’s zero civilian control over the military

“I WANT this to be the last coup. However, the power of the army would not be reduced. This is because the army has always taken care of this country,” Thailand’s latest coup maker General Prayut Chan-ocha told Channel News Asia earlier this year. His happy, democratic dream, however, seems unlikely, as Thailand’s coup-laden history suggests
http://asiancorrespondent.com/2015/11/whens-the-next-coup-thailands-zero-civilian-control-over-military/

21 OCTOBER 2015

The Islamization of Thailand – Analysis

The perceived relative homogeneity of Thai culture and society is being challenged on multiple fronts today. So much has been said about the socio-economic division within Thai society. However very little is said, publicly anyway, about the growing influence upon Thai society, that Thailand’s Muslim population is now projecting at many levels
http://www.eurasiareview.com/21102015-the-islamization-of-thailand-analysis/

28 SEPTEMBER 2015

Bangkok blast: Thailand’s police say they consider case solved, receive cash awards again

Thailand’s police have said they consider the Erawan Shrine blast case solved, as they awarded themselves with cash, but will continue to investigate a potential domestic political angle to the bomb blast that killed 20 people on Aug 17 at the popular shrine in Bangkok
http://worldaffairsjournal.org/content/thailand-police-consider-bombing-case-solved-receive-cash-rewards

20 SEPTEMBER 2015

Thai activists plan to defy junta ban with more marches

A group of pro-democracy activists says they plan more marches after staging the largest political demonstration in Thailand’s capital since a military government took power in May 2014
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/thai-activists-plan-to/2139496.html
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/southeast-asia/article/1859885/fugitive-thaksin-tells-thailands-red-shirt-opposition-play

14 SEPTEMBER 2015

Thai journalist detained for ‘attitude adjustment’

A prominent Thai journalist has been detained by the junta for so-called « attitude adjustment », a military official said Monday, the latest deployment of the controversial tool used to stamp down on dissent
https://sg.news.yahoo.com/thai-journalist-detained-attitude-adjustment-175022230.html
http://asiancorrespondent.com/135563/reporter-detained-in-thailand-for-criticizing-junta/
http://www.nationmultimedia.com/breakingnews/Sansern-claims-Pravit-summoned-as-individual-not-j-30268785.html

12 SEPTEMBER 2015

‘Uighur’ suspect wanted over Bangkok blast: Thai police

Thai police on Saturday said an arrest warrant had been issued for an ethnic « Uighur » man over last month’s deadly Bangkok blast, for the first time identifying a suspect as a member of the Chinese minority group
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/uighur-suspect-wanted-over-bangkok-blast-thai-police

10 SEPTEMBER 2015

In Thailand, Pheu Thai Party urges NCPO to release critics of the junta

Key members of the Pheu Thai Party have called for the immediate release of former energy minister Pichai Naripthapan, who was detained for « attitude adjustment » at an undisclosed location on Wednesday
http://www.nationmultimedia.com/politics/Pheu-Thai-urges-NCPO-to-release-critics-of-the-jun-30268558.html

6 SEPTEMBER 2015

Thailand constitution: Junta-appointed council rejects controversial charter; elections likely to be delayed

A council appointed by Thailand’s military rulers rejects a controversial new constitution drafted after last year’s coup, a move likely to extend the military’s time in power and delay elections
http://www.radioaustralia.net.au/international/2015-09-06/thailand-constitution-juntaappointed-council-rejects-controversial-charter-elections-likely-to-be-de/1489956
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-34149523

5 SEPTEMBER 2015

Prayut uses S44 to strip Thaksin of rank

Gen Prayut Chan-o-cha has invoked Section 44 of the 2014 interim charter to strip Thaksin Shinawatra of his police rank, effective on Sunday
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/politics/681896/prayut-uses-s44-to-strip-thaksin-of-rank

25 AUGUST 2015

Thai army, Muslim rebels hold closed-door peace talks in Malaysia

A Thai Army delegation was in Kuala Lumpur on Tuesday (Aug 25) to conduct the third covert peace talks with representatives of insurgent groups in southern Thailand
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/thai-army-muslim-rebels/2075844.html

17 AUGUST 2015

Deadly bomb blast rocks Thailand’s capital

A bomb has exploded close to a shrine in the centre of Thailand’s capital, Bangkok, killing at least 19 people and injuring more than 100.
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-33963280
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/security/658688/19-killed-123-hurt-as-bomb-blast-rocks-bangkok-tourist-attraction
http://edition.cnn.com/2015/08/17/asia/thailand-bangkok-bomb/index.html

30 JUNE 2015

OHCHR urges Thailand to release 14 students

The United Nations Human Rights Office for South East Asia Tuesday urged the Thai government to immediately drop criminal charges against students who have been arrested in Bangkok for peacefully demonstrating in public and release them from custody
http://www.asianewsnet.net/OHCHR-urges-Thailand-to-release-14-students-77350.html
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/politics/605884/government-condemned-over-arrests
http://www.nationmultimedia.com/politics/The-law-is-the-law-PM-30263485.html

28 MAY 2015

Thai court jails 6 ‘yellow shirt’ leaders over 2008 protests

Six prominent Thai anti-government protest leaders were sentenced to two years in jail on Thursday for storming the prime minister’s office during a 2008 rally – and then released on bail to allow for appeals
http://asiancorrespondent.com/133205/thai-court-jails-6-yellow-shirt-leaders-over-2008-protests/
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/thai-protest-leaders-handed-prison-terms-and-freed-bail

22 MAY 2015

Arrests mark first anniversary of Thailand coup as protesters rally against junta

Police arrested several anti-junta activists yesterday for small protests marking a year since Thailand’s generals seized power from the elected government, as the coup’s leader said the country « may have collapsed » without his intervention
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1807434/arrests-mark-first-anniversary-thailand-coup-protesters-rally-against
http://www.khaosodenglish.com/detail.php?newsid=1432296651&section=00

19 MAY 2015

 Thai cabinet agrees to hold referendum on new constitution

The Thai cabinet agreed on Tuesday (May 19) that a referendum should be held on the new constitution and the military’s blueprint for restoring democracy, Prime Minister Prayut Chan-ocha said, a move likely to delay any return to democratic rule
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/thai-cabinet-agrees-to/1856772.html

15 MAY 2015

Migrant boat re-enters Malaysian waters after refusing offer to land: Thai officials

The Royal Thai Navy airdropped food and water to hundreds of desperate Rohingya migrants stranded on a stricken boat off southern Thailand — then fixed the vessel’s engine so it could continue on to Malaysian waters
http://edition.cnn.com/2015/05/15/asia/thailand-malaysia-rohingya-refugees/index.html
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/rohingya-migrant-boat-leaves-thai-waters-governor

12 MAY 2015

Thai govt restarting peace talks in restive South

PM Prayut Chan-o-cha’s government has confirmed it is in the process of restarting peace talks with separatists in the deep South
http://www.nationmultimedia.com/politics/Govt-restarting-peace-talks-in-the-far-South-30259957.html

5 MAY 2015

Thailand’s king makes rare appearance

Thailand’s revered King Bhumibol Adulyadej made a rare public appearance Tuesday to mark the 65th anniversary of his coronation
http://www.chinadailyasia.com/asia/2015-05/05/content_15259521.html
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/ailing-thai-king-makes-rare-public-appearance-0

4 MAY 2015

In Thailand, Red shirts petition UN over Peace TV ban

Red shirt leader Weng Tojirakarn and news anchors from the now-defunct Peace TV submitted a petition to the United Nations on Monday to protest the revocation of its broadcasting licence
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/politics/551231/red-shirts-petition-un-over-peace-tv-ban

3 MAY 2015

Thai Junta Urged to End Press Censorship on 2015 World Media Day

Four media organizations in Thailand have released a joint statement calling on the ruling military junta to cease restricting freedom of the press on the occasion of World Media Freedom Day
http://www.khaosodenglish.com/detail.php?newsid=1430648233&section=11

3 APRIL 2015

Thai junta chief threatens to shut down critical media

Thailand’s junta chief Friday vowed to shut down critical media outlets as he faced a growing international backlash against his decision to replace martial law with new powers retaining his absolute authority
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/thai-junta-chief-threatens-shut-down-critical-media

1 APRIL 2015

Thai junta lifts martial law, but retains broad powers

Thailand’s ruling junta said on Wednesday it had lifted martial law imposed just before a coup 10 months ago, but it invoked a security clause in the country’s interim constitution that will mean the military will retain broad powers
http://www.france24.com/en/20150402-thailand-junta-replaces-martial-law-with-absolute-power/
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/thai-junta-lifts-martial/1761978.html
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/human-rights-groups/1761314.html
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/politics/515247/martial-law-is-over

25 MARCH 2015

Thai prime minister threatens to ‘execute’ journalists

Thailand’s military leader has lashed out at journalists saying he would « probably just execute » those who did « not report the truth », in the latest outburst aimed at Thailand’s media
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2015/03/thai-prime-minister-threatens-journalists-150325153930665.html
http://www.irrawaddy.org/asia/thai-pm-warns-media-says-has-power-to-execute-reporters.html

11 MARCH 2015

New Thai Constitution Enacted By 4 Sept: Govt

Thailand’s 20th constitution will be inaugurated by His Majesty the King on 4 September 2015, government officials announced on Wednesday
http://www.khaosodenglish.com/detail.php?newsid=1426141101&section=11

24 FEBRUARY 2015

Thai anti-graft body indicts 250 former MPs over charter change

Thailand’s anti-graft agency indicted 250 former lawmakers on Tuesday, a member of the body said, in a ruling that will further erode the influence of former Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/thai-anti-graft-body-indicts-250-former-mps-over-charter-change
http://www2.bangkokpost.com/news/politics/482705/nacc-votes-to-impeach-abhisit-suthep

19 FEBRUARY 2015

Thai ex-PM Yingluck indicted over rice subsidy scheme

Former Thai premier Yingluck Shinawatra was formally indicted over a bungled rice subsidy scheme Thursday in the latest legal move against her polarising family that could see her jailed for up to a decade
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/thai-ex-pm-yingluck-indicted-over-rice-subsidy-scheme
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-31529663

28 JANUARY 2015

Thai Red Shirt leader sentenced to two years in jail

Leader of the opposition Red Shirt movement Jatuporn Prompan imprisonment for defaming ex-prime minister.
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2015/01/thai-red-shirt-leader-sentenced-years-jail-150128083158482.html
http://www.nst.com.my/node/71149

23 JANUARY 2015

Impeachment and trial for former Thai Premier Yingluck Shinawatra

190 MPs out of 219vote in favor of impeachment. The prosecutor orders indictment for corruption and negligence. Former Prime Minister charged with subsidies for rice production, leaving a billion dollar deficit in state coffers. For supporters the move aims to eliminate her from political life
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-30928835
http://www.euronews.com/2015/01/23/thailand-army-calls-on-people-to-respect-shinawatra-impeachment/

23 JANUARY 2015

Impeachment and trial for former Thai Premier Yingluck Shinawatra

190 MPs out of 219vote in favor of impeachment. The prosecutor orders indictment for corruption and negligence. Former Prime Minister charged with subsidies for rice production, leaving a billion dollar deficit in state coffers. For supporters the move aims to eliminate her from political life
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-30928835
http://www.euronews.com/2015/01/23/thailand-army-calls-on-people-to-respect-shinawatra-impeachment/

9 JANUARY 2015

Thai ex-PM Yingluck Shinawatra’s impeachment hearing begins

Thailand’s ousted Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra is facing an impeachment hearing, proceedings that could see her banned from politics for five years and reignite the country’s bitter divisions
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2015/01/thai-pm-impeachment-hearing-begin-201518222314755235.html
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/politics/455691/yingluck-denies-all-charges
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/ousted-thai-pms-impeachment-poses-dilemma-junta

6 JANUARY 2015

Thai navy eyes procuring submarines following shelved bid

Thailand’s commanding naval admirals are once again reviving stalled efforts to procure submarines and have resolved recently to bring their efforts to fruition
http://english.chinamil.com.cn/news-channels/international-military-news/2015-01/06/content_6299697.htm

2 JANUARY 2015

Thai PM puts hurry up on defence budgets

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha is pushing the military to more quickly draft its spending plans for the 2016 fiscal year and submit them within the month.
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/general/453695/pm-puts-hurry-up-on-defence-budgets

26 DECEMBER 2014

Thai Constitution Drafters Pave Way For Unelected PM

Thailand’s junta-appointed Constitutional Drafting Committee (CDC) has announced that the new charter will not require the Prime Minister to be an elected member of parliament.
http://www.khaosodenglish.com/detail.php?newsid=1419578744&section=11
http://www.nationmultimedia.com/politics/CDC-allays-fears-on-outsider-PM-30250807.html

16 DECEMBER 2014

The making of pseudo-democracy

The further the constitution drafting goes, the uglier the expected outcome becomes. Under the guidance of the military government, the drafting is far from being democratic or fair
http://asiapacific.anu.edu.au/newmandala/2014/12/16/thailands-2015-constitution-the-making-of-pseudo-democracy/

12 DECEMBER 2014

Thailand crown prince’s wife resigns from royalty

The wife of Thailand’s Crown Prince Vajiralongkorn, Srirasmi, has resigned her royal position, the palace has announced.
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-30458296
http://www.asiasentinel.com/politics/succession-tug-of-war-over-ousted-thai-princess/

2 DECEMBER 2014

The Thai government recognises Malaysia’s role as the facilitator for peace efforts in southern Thailand, said Najib Razak
http://www.thestar.com.my/News/Nation/2014/12/02/Thai-PM-gives-assurance/
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asean/446530/thailand-malaysia-set-peace-talks-conditions

1 DECEMBER 2014

Thailand’s junta unlikely to relax grip yet

As an ailing King Bhumibol Adulyadej approaches his 87th birthday this Friday, Thailand’s military regime is giving more indications that it intends to stay in power longer than previously stated. As the inevitable royal succession looms for a country that venerates the King, the army has to all intents and purposes ruled out lifting martial law any time soon http://www.asianewsnet.net/Thailands-junta-unlikely-to-relax-grip-yet-68335.html

20 NOVEMBER 2014

More held in military-led Thailand after flashing ‘Hunger Games’ salute

The central figure in « The Hunger Games, » the hit sci-fi series about an oppressed people’s struggle against a totalitarian regime, is being evoked for real, now, in Thailand among university students expressing their opposition to that southeast Asian nation’s military rulers.
http://edition.cnn.com/2014/11/20/world/asia/thailand-hunger-games-salute/index.html?hpt=ias_c1 http://www.nytimes.com/2014/11/21/world/asia/thailand-protesters-hunger-games-salute.html?ref=asia&_r=0

5 NOVEMBER 2014

Thai junta appoints charter drafting committee

Thailand’s military-installed government has appointed a committee to draft the country’s new constitution amid speculation that it will seek to bar former Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra and his allies from politics.
http://asiancorrespondent.com/127998/thai-junta-appoints-charter-drafting-committee/

3 NOVEMBER 2014

Thai PM orders media to stop ‘presenting news’ on Thaksin

Thailand’s junta leader on Monday threatened to tighten controls of the media unless they stop « presenting news » about former premier Thaksin Shinawatra, after photographs of the billionaire cuddling a panda went viral
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/thai-pm-orders-media-stop-presenting-news-thaksin

9 OCTOBER 2014

Thailand’s Coup and the Threat of the King’s Death

The Thai Army’s claim that it is politically neutral, is seeking to find a peaceful solution to the country’s crisis and that it genuinely wishes to broker reconciliation between different political factions is simply fraudulent.
http://www.asiasentinel.com/politics/thailand-coup-threat-kings-death/

6 OCTOBER 2014

Thailand’s coup government forms reform council

A committee appointed by Thailand’s military has selected a 250-member advisory group to help write a new national constitution.
http://asiancorrespondent.com/127245/thailands-coup-government-forms-reform-council/

25 SEPTEMBER 2014

Thai Assembly Votes Itself the Power to Impeach Politicians, Sideline Critics

Thailand’s military-dominated legislature gave itself the power to impeach political office holders on Thursday, edging a step closer to rooting out the influence of controversial former Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra.
http://www.voanews.com/content/reu-thai-assembly-votes-itself-the-powe-to-impeach-politicains-sideline-critics/2462002.html

15 SEPTEMBER 2014

Thai king discharged after more than month in hospital

Thailand’s King Bhumibol Adulyadej, the world’s longest-reigning monarch, was discharged on Monday in what the palace said was a healthy condition after nearly five weeks of treatment at a Bangkok hospital for stomach inflammation
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/thai-king-discharged-after-more-month-hospital

3 SEPTEMBER 2014

UN voices ‘serious concern’ on human rights in Thailand

The United Nations said Wednesday it was « seriously concerned » about growing restrictions on human rights activists in Thailand after a string of curbs on freedom of expression in the junta-ruled nation.
http://www.nationmultimedia.com/politics/UN-voices-serious-concern-on-human-rights-in-Thail-30242420.html

2 SEPTEMBER 2014

Thai junta blocks rights meeting in Bangkok

Three independent agencies cancelled their scheduled forum on « Access to Justice in Thailand: Currently Unavailable » on Tuesday under pressure from the National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO) http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/local/430103/ncpo-forces-rights-groups-to-cancel-forum
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/thai-junta-blocks-rights-meeting-bangkok

28 AUGUST 2014

Criminal Court declines to hear murder case against Abhisit and Suthep

The Criminal Court yesterday 28 rejected the murder lawsuit against former prime minister Abhisit Vejjajiva and his former deputy Suthep Thaugsuban on the grounds that it did not have jurisdiction in the case
http://www.nationmultimedia.com/politics/Criminal-Court-declines-to-hear-murder-case-agains-30242017.html
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/politics/429172/criminal-court-rules-it-has-no-jurisdiction-in-abhisit-suthep-murder-case

25 AUGUST 2014

Thailand coup leader Prayuth sworn in as PM

Prayuth, 60, was officially sworn in during a ceremony in Bangkok after being endorsed by King Bhumibol Adulyadej.
http://www.euronews.com/2014/08/25/thailand-coup-leader-prayuth-sworn-in-as-pm/
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-28923989

21 AUGUST 2014

Thailand army chief, General Prayut Chan-O-Cha, appointed prime minister

Thailand’s junta-picked national assembly has chosen coup leader, General Prayut Chan-O-Cha, as prime minister in a one-horse race that entrenches the military’s hold on power
http://www.news.com.au/world/thailand-army-chief-general-prayut-chanocha-appointed-prime-minister/story-fndir2ev-1227032107221
http://www.euronews.com/2014/08/21/thailand-s-army-chief-named-as-country-s-pm/

8 AUGUST 2014

Thai junta-led assembly in debut meet as army extends grip

Thailand’s new military-stacked National Legislative Assembly convened for the first time on Friday, electing a president in a key step towards crafting a new constitution likely to embed the army’s political influence
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/thai-junta-led-assembly-debut-meet-army-extends-grip

Thailand ‘key to growing China-Asean cooperation’

China sees the upcoming Asean Economic Community (AEC) as an opportunity for further cooperation with the region, and says Thailand can play a leading role in the strengthening of these ties.
http://www.nationmultimedia.com/business/Thailand-key-to-growing-China-Asean-cooperation-30240582.html

NCPO to seek extradition of lese majeste suspects

The ruling junta will seek the extradition of Thais living overseas for allegedly offending the monarchy, General Prayuth Chan-ocha said
http://www.nationmultimedia.com/politics/NCPO-to-seek-extradition-of-lese-majeste-suspects-30240608.html
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/politics/425727/prayuth-warns-lese-majeste-targets

1 AUGUST 2014

Thai king appoints 200 National Legislative Assembly members

The King has issued a royal command to appoint 200 members of the National Legislative Assembly. More than half of them are either former or active military officers as expected
http://www.nationmultimedia.com/politics/His-Majesty-appoints-200-National-Legislative-Asse-30239991.html
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-28598995
http://asiancorrespondent.com/125281/infographic-thailands-junta-appointed-national-legislative-assembly/

23 JULY 2014

A first look at Thailand’s new interim constitution who gives absolute power to the junta

Two months after Thailand’s military has staged a coup on May 22, 2014, the country has now adopted a new interim constitution. Army chief and junta leader General Prayuth Chan-Ocha got His Majesty’s endorsement of the country’s 19th constitution.
http://asiancorrespondent.com/125027/a-first-look-at-thailands-new-interim-constitution/
http://asiancorrespondent.com/125032/thai-interim-constitution-gives-absolute-power-to-the-junta/

22 JULY 2014

Thai King has endorsed interim charter

Gen Prayuth informed the meeting of the National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO) on Tuesday of the royal endorsement of the temporary constitution.
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/local/421777/king-has-endorsed-interim-constitution-says-coup-leader-prayuth
http://lawdrafter.blogspot.com.au/2014/07/translation-of-constitution-of-kingdom.html?m=1

20 JULY 2014

Thai journalists concerned about junta’s move to clamp down

The Thai Journalists Association (TJA) expressed concern yesterday at the ruling junta’s order issued on Friday night barring all media from criticising its work
http://www.nationmultimedia.com/politics/Journalists-concerned-about-juntas-move-to-clamp-d-30238973.html
http://asiancorrespondent.com/124926/thai-junta-to-media-criticize-us-and-we-will-shut-you-down/

17 JULY 2014

Thai junta allows ex-PM Yingluck Shinawatra to leave country

Deposed premier permitted to leave Thailand for first time since 22 May coup because she has stayed out of politics, junta says
http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/jul/17/thai-junta-allows-deposed-prime-minister-leave-country

28 JUNE 2014

Thailand’s military rulers plan elections for October 2015

Thailand’s military junta will install an interim constitution next month, and elections will be held around October 2015, its leader announced yesterday
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/thailand/10932302/Thailands-military-rulers-plan-elections-for-October-2015.html
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-28069578

27 JUNE 2014

Wealthy Thais vent anger over sanction with EU goods boycott

Wealthy Thais who have welcomed military rule are now calling for what may prove a more wrenching change: a boycott of their beloved European cars, wines and boutiques
http://www.ft.com/intl/cms/s/0/0f6e80b8-fdde-11e3-bd0e-00144feab7de.html?siteedition=intl#axzz35rreYz6u

24 JUNE 2014

Ex-minister forms Thai opposition group from exile

Former Interior Minister Charupong Reuangsuwan said Tuesday in an open letter read on YouTube and posted on Facebook that the Organization of Free Thais for Human Rights and Democracy rejects the junta’s legitimacy
http://asiancorrespondent.com/124104/ex-minister-forms-thai-opposition-group-from-exile/
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-27991023

23 JUNE 2014

EU suspends cooperation with Thailand over military coup

The European Union on Monday condemned the military takeover in Thailand, saying it was suspending all official visits to the country and shelving important agreements to back up calls for an urgent return to democratic rule.
http://www.france24.com/en/20140623-eu-suspends-cooperation-with-thailand-over-military-coup/
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/local/416929/eu-cuts-back-thailand-ties

20 JUNE 2014

Thai government condemned in annual US human trafficking report

US downgrades Thailand to lowest ranking in human trafficking index for ‘systematic failure’ to prosecute slavers
http://www.theguardian.com/global-development/2014/jun/20/thai-government-us-human-trafficking-report
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/local/416486/washington-downgrades-thailand-over-human-trafficking

18 JUNE 2014

Thailand launches 24-hour hotline over misbehaving Buddhist monks

Misbehaving monks face censure after Thai religious authorities said they had launched a 24-hour hotline for the public to report unruly acts by Buddhist monks
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/thailand-launches-24-hour-hotline-over-misbehaving-buddhist-monks
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/thailand/10908910/Thailand-launches-monk-bad-behaviour-hotline.html

17 JUNE 2014

Cambodia slams Thailand over post-coup worker exodus

Some 188,000 Cambodians — who help keep major Thai industries afloat but often lack official work permits — have streamed across the border since the junta warned last week that illegal foreign workers face arrest and deportation
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/local/415941/cambodia-slams-thailand-over-post-coup-worker-exodus
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-27888009

15 JUNE 2014

More than 110,000 Cambodian migrants flee Thailand after coup

On Wednesday Thailand’s military regime, which seized power in a coup on May 22, had threatened to arrest and deport all illegal foreign workers.
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/more-110000-cambodian-migrants-flee-thailand-after-coup

13 JUNE 2014

Thailand Curfew lifted nationwide

The junta on Friday announced the end of a curfew in other parts of the country minutes after coup leader Prayuth Chan-ocha pledged for a quick end of the nighttime ban
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/politics/415205/curfew-lifted-across-thailand

11 JUNE 2014

Thailand votes against international forced labour protocol

Perpetrators of forced labour, which is estimated to affect 21 million people globally, will be punished in most countries under a UN treaty agreed on Wednesday, though Thailand voted against the treaty and nearly all Gulf countries – including Qatar – abstained
http://www.theguardian.com/global-development/2014/jun/13/thailand-votes-against-forced-labour-protocol

6 JUNE 2014

Thai junta arrests anti-coup activist Sombat

Sombat Boonngamanong, who spearheaded an online campaign to stage illegal flashmob rallies against the military takeover, was arrested late on Thursday in eastern Chonburi province
http://asiancorrespondent.com/123554/thai-junta-arrests-anti-coup-activist-sombat/
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2014/06/thai-anti-coup-leader-captured-army-20146624958782826.html

1 JUNE 2014

Thousands of police deployed as ‘Red Shirts’ protest in Bangkok

Thailand’s ruling junta deployed thousands of security forces on the streets of Bangkok on Sunday to thwart a round of small-scale protests planned by the country’s “Red Shirts” denouncing the May 22 military coup
http://www.france24.com/en/20140601-thousands-police-deployed-red-shirts-protest-bangkok-thailand/
http://www.euronews.com/2014/06/01/thailand-anti-coup-protesters-scuffle-with-troops/

30 MAY 2014

Thai coup leader rules out polls for a year

The head of Thailand’s military regime has ruled out elections for at least a year and promised that soldiers would head back to their barracks once the country’s unresolved political issues have been addressed
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2014/05/thai-coup-leader-rules-out-polls-year-201453016932350430.html
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/thailand/10866048/Thailand-junta-chief-says-elections-may-not-be-for-another-year.html

27 MAY 2014

Thai minister arrested for condemning military coup

Armed troops detained a Thai Cabinet minister who emerged from hiding on Tuesday to condemn last week’s military coup and urge a return to civilian rule.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/thailand/10858097/Thai-minister-arrested-for-condemning-military-coup.html

http://www.voanews.com/content/reu-thai-military-rulers-get-to-work/1923239.html

26 MAY 2014

Thai king endorses army chief as new leader

General Prayuth Chan-ocha told journalists on Monday morning that the much revered King Bhumibol Adulyadej, 86, had officially backed him as the leader of the military council now running the country.
http://www.euronews.com/2014/05/26/thailand-king-endorses-leader-of-military-coup/25 MAY 2014
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2014/05/thai-military-ruler-receives-royal-backing-201452642650311570.html
http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/may/26/thai-king-endorses-army-chief-leader-military-coup

25 MAY 2014

Thai Junta dissolves Senate, set to form legislative assembly

Junta chief General Prayuth Chan-ocha, who is also the acting prime minister, has dissolved the Senate, the only remaining legislative body, and is set to assume legislative power, according to an order issued by the National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO) last night
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/junta-dissolves-senate-set-form-legislative-assembly
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/thailand/10855398/Thailands-military-junta-warns-it-will-not-tolerate-any-further-dissent.html

Yingluck goes home from barracks

The National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO) released former prime minister Yingluck Shinawatra from an army camp on Sunday night, an army source said

http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/politics/411741/yingluck-goes-home-from-barracks

24 MAY 2014

Thai Coup Leaders Tighten Grip, US Reacts

The U.S. military has canceled training and readiness exercises with Thailand, as well as a visit to the Asian nation by U.S. Pacific Fleet Commander originally scheduled for June, the Pentagon said
http://www.voanews.com/content/thais-march-against-coup/1921616.html
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2014/05/reports-army-detains-ex-thai-pm-2014523134254225975.html
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/thailand/10853546/Thai-leaders-detention-gives-them-time-to-think-army-claims.html
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/coup/411568/prayuth-takes-total-control

23 MAY 2014

Thai military detains politicians and activists

Thailand’s military has detained more than 150 politicians and activists and banned them from leaving the country, a day after the army chief seized power in a coup declared necessary to « restore order and normality » in the politically divided nation.
http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/may/23/thai-military-detains-politicians-activists
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/thailand/10852060/Thai-army-detains-former-PM-Yingluck-after-military-coup.html
http://www.asianews.it/news-en/Bangkok,-Army-summons-ex-premier:-Travel-bans-and-threats-of-arrest-for-politicians-31155.html
http://www.france24.com/en/20140523-thai-junta-summons-deposed-leaders-coup/

 Timeline: Thailand’s coups

http://www.ft.com/intl/cms/s/0/88970d60-e1b0-11e3-9999-00144feabdc0.html?siteedition=intl#axzz32YCqH4z5

22 MAY 2014

Thai military seizes power, suspends constitution

Thailand’s army chief announced a coup d’état on Thursday, declaring that it was “necessary” to restore stability and order after six months of political deadlock and turmoil
http://www.france24.com/en/thailand-military-coup-general-prayuth-political-deadlock-turmoil/
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/politics/411226/prayuth-coup-is-necessary
http://www.euronews.com/2014/05/22/thai-army-seizes-power-and-imposes-curfew/

21 MAY 2014

Who Wins in Thailand’s Military Crackdown?

Thailand’s military gingerly but decisively declared martial law in the dawn hours of May 20, closing television stations and ordering Bangkok’s 10 million-odd citizens to stay calm. A military spokesman denied the crackdown was a coup as armed troops scattered throughout the city.

http://www.asiasentinel.com/politics/who-wins-thailand-military-crackdown/

20 MAY 2014

Thai Army Declares Martial Law, But Says It’s Not a Coup

Thailand’s military says martial law will stay in place until peace and order are restored, following months of sometimes deadly anti-government protests
http://www.voanews.com/content/thai-army-declares-martial-law-but-says-its-not-a-coup/1918780.html
http://www.france24.com/en/20140520-thailand-army-martial-law/
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2014/05/cloneofthailand-army-declares-martial-law-201451-201452017300819831.html

16 MAY 2014

Thai Senate ducks call to pick unelected PM

Thai opposition protesters suffered a setback Friday in their long-running battle to topple the government as the upper house of parliament shunned their call to pick an unelected premier
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/410167/thai-senate-ducks-call-to-pick-unelected-pm

15 MAY 2014

Thai election commission wants July 20 polls postponed

Thailand’s election commission has called for planned July 20 polls to be postponed, after anti-government protesters invaded a meeting between its officials and the caretaker government on Thursday morning

http://www.asianewsnet.net/Thai-election-commission-wants-July-20-polls-postp-60405.html

13 MAY 2014

Thai separatists’ launch series of attacks

Suspected Muslim separatists in southern Thailand have launched a wave of more than 30 attacks including shootings, bombings and arson, police said, killing one person and injuring more than 10.
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2014/05/separatists-launch-series-attacks-201451291754228995.html

10 MAY 2014

Supporters of ousted Thai PM hold first big rally

Thousands of Thai government supporters are holding a large rally just outside Bangkok, their first since the prime minister was ousted earlier this week

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-27354521

http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/local/409107/reds-renew-civil-war-warning

http://www.asianewsnet.net/Final-fight-to-topple-Thai-govt-60166.html

9 MAY 2014

Thailand police fire tear gas at protesters in Bangkok

Thai police have fired water cannons and tear gas at protesters in Bangkok, two days after a court ousted Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-27337006
http://www.euronews.com/2014/05/09/thailand-protests-over-interim-government-gather-force/

8 MAY 2014

Thailand: NACC decides to impeach Yingluck

The National Anti-Corruption Commission (NACC) resolved on Thursday to bring impeachment proceedings against former prime minister Yingluck Shinawatra over the rice-pledging scheme, with criminal charges
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/politics/408766/nacc-decides-to-impeach-yingluck-in-the-senate
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-27325898
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/thai-graft-agency-rules-against-ex-pm-red-shirts-head-bangkok

7 MAY 2014

Court Orders Thai Leader Removed From Office

The Constitutional Court ruled that Ms. Yingluck abused her power when she transferred a civil servant to another post more than three years ago. The court ordered her to step down immediately along with all members of her cabinet who were in office at the time of the transfer.
http://www.nytimes.com/2014/05/08/world/asia/court-orders-thai-leader-removed-from-office.html?hp&_r=0
http://www.euronews.com/2014/05/07/thai-prime-minister-yingluck-shinawatra-forced-to-quit-after-court-ruling/
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/local/408561/yingluck-removed-niwatthamrong-acting-pm

6 MAY 2014

Thai PM Yingluck Shinawatra in court over abuse of power claims

Thailand’s prime minister, Yingluck Shinawatra, has defended herself against abuse of power allegations in a crucial court case that is one of several legal challenges that could remove her from office
http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/may/06/thai-prime-minister-yingluck-shinawatra-court-abuse-power
http://www.euronews.com/2014/05/06/thai-pm-in-court-over-abuse-of-power/
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/thailand/10811285/Thai-prime-minister-likely-to-be-removed-from-office.html

5 MAY 2014

Thailand’s King Bhumibol Adulyadej marks 64th anniversary of coronation

World’s longest-reigning monarch and father figure for Thais makes rare public appearance aged 86 in coastal town of Thailand’s coastal town of Hua Hin

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/thailand/10808819/Thailands-King-Bhumibol-Adulyadej-marks-64th-anniversary-of-coronation.html

http://www.euronews.com/2014/05/05/thailand-celebrates-coronation-of-king-bhumibol-crowned-64-years-ago/

http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/local/408182/king-attends-coronation-day-ceremony

3 MAY 2014

Abhisit urges delay in July polls to allow time for reforms

Thai opposition leader Abhisit Vejjajiva on Saturday urged that a general election planned for July be delayed by up to six months to allow time for reforms aimed at ending a protracted political crisis that threatens to explode
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/abhisit-urges-delay-july-polls-allow-time-reforms
http://www.voanews.com/content/thai-opposition-leader-calls-again-for-pm-resignation/1906759.html
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-27266426

30 APRIL 2014

Thailand to Hold General Election July 20

Thailand’s Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra and her country’s Election Commission have agreed to hold a new vote July 20. It is unclear whether the country’s opposition, which is involved in a prolonged standoff with Ms. Yingluck, will participate in the general election
http://www.voanews.com/content/thailand-to-hold-general-election-july-20/1904233.html
http://www.euronews.com/2014/04/30/new-thai-general-election-to-take-place-on-july-20/

17 APRIL 2014

Two Journalists in Thailand Face Charges Due to Pulitzer Prize Report

An excerpt from a Pulitzer Prize report posted online by a website in Thailand has led to a criminal court case against two journalists in the country. They are accused of defaming the Thai navy for its alleged involvement in trafficking of some refugees from Burma.
http://www.voanews.com/content/thailand-charges-journalists-with-defamation-for-rohingya-story/1895237.html
http://asiancorrespondent.com/121777/phuket-journalists-on-trial-for-quoting-pulitzer-prize-winning-rohingya-trafficking-report/

15 APRIL 2014

Divorce rate up 27 per cent over past decade

While many Thai families continue to celebrate Songkran and enjoyed National Family Day yesterday, the Public Health Ministry highlighted the fragile state of some families after revealing the divorce rate had risen 27 per cent over the past nine years
http://www.nationmultimedia.com/national/Divorce-rate-up-27-per-cent-over-past-decade-30231495.html

30 MARCH 2014

Thailand Votes in Upper House Election

Thais voted Sunday to choose legislators for the upper house of parliament in a test for Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra’s beleaguered government

http://www.voanews.com/content/thailand-votes-in-upper-house-election/1882275.html

21 MARCH 2014

Thai court rules general election invalid

The vote was unconstitutional because it did not take place on the same day across the country, the court said
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-26677772
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/local/401087/election-commission-says-no-new-vote-for-months
http://www.voanews.com/content/thai-court-nullifies-election/1876018.html

18 MARCH 2014

Thai government lifts Bangkok emergency as tension eases

Thailand’s government lifted a state of emergency in Bangkok and surrounding provinces two months after imposing it to curb anti-government protests, as the security situation has improved due to the dwindling number of demonstrators
http://www.euronews.com/2014/03/18/thailand-bangkok-state-of-emergency-lifted/
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/thai-government-lift-bangkok-emergency-tension-eases

13 MARCH 2014

Economic Implications of Thailand’s Unrest

http://cogitasia.com/economic-implications-of-thailands-unrest/

2 MARCH 2014

Thai poll re-runs pass peacefully as Red Shirts gather

Thailand’s first poll re-runs passed peacefully Sunday following a widely disrupted general election, as pro-government « Red Shirts » stepped up rallies in support of Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra’s battered administration.
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/thai-poll-re-runs-pass-peacefully-red-shirts-gather
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2014/03/thailand-re-runs-polls-amid-shrinking-rallies-2014325323924990.html

1 MARCH 2014

Bangkok shutdown ends but not protests

At least four major intersections in downtown Bangkok will be returned to the public as Suthep Thaugsuban, leader of Thailand’s anti-government People’s Democratic Reform Committee (PDRC), declared late last night that all his rally sites would be consolidated into just one site centred at Lumpini Park
http://www.asianewsnet.net/Bangkok-shutdown-ends-but-not-protests-57577.html
http://www.voanews.com/content/thai-protesters-scale-back-demonstrations/1861920.html

24 FEBRUARY 2014

Thai army chief rules out intervention

Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra leaves Bangkok for unknown destination, as political unrest claims another life
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2014/02/thai-army-chief-rules-out-intervention-20142246282235291.html
http://www.france24.com/en/20140224-thai-army-chief-urges-dialogue-rare-tv-address-thaksin-prayuth-chan-ocha/
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/thai-army-chief-cautions-nation-may-collapse-violence-escalates

23 FEBRUARY 2014

Grenade kills two in Bangkok amid fears over political violence

Two people were killed — including a child — in a grenade attack Sunday in a main Bangkok shopping district, drawing the Thai prime minister’s denunciation of « terrorist acts » as fears over violence mount after a near four-month political crisis.
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/396585/grenade-kills-two-in-bangkok-amid-fears-over-political-violence
http://www.france24.com/en/20140223-bomb-bangkok-anti-government-protests-yingluck-shinawatra/

22 FEBRURY 2014

Gunmen kill girl, wound dozens at Thai anti-govt rally

A five-year-old girl was killed and 30 other people were wounded after gunmen sprayed bullets on an anti-government rally in eastern Thailand
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/gunmen-kill-girl-wound-dozens-thai-anti-govt-rally
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-26311828

20 FEBRUARY 2014

Thai Prime Minister denies corruption allegations over rice program

Thai Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra has denied allegations that she failed to heed warnings of possible corruption in a rice subsidy program whose recent problems have stoked anger among farmers in the country’s rural heartland.

http://edition.cnn.com/2014/02/20/world/asia/thailand-protests/index.html?hpt=ias_c1

19 FEBRUARY 2014

Thai court bans use of force against peaceful protests

A Thai court ordered the government on Wednesday not to use force against peaceful protests, as demonstrators vowed to intensify efforts to unseat the premier a day after street clashes left five dead and dozens wounded

http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/thai-court-bans-use-of/1005212.html

18 FEBRUARY 2014

Thailand: 4 dead, dozens injured in Bangkok clashes

One policeman and three civilians died and at least 57 people were injured when police and anti-government protesters clashed in Bangkok earlier today.
http://edition.cnn.com/2014/02/17/world/asia/thailand-protests/index.html?hpt=ias_c1
http://www.france24.com/en/20140218-thailand-violent-clashes-bangkok-police-protesters/
http://www.nbcnews.com/news/asia/thai-pm-corruption-charges-violence-rages-bangkok-n32516

17 FEBRUARY 2014

Protesters surround Thai Government House

Thousands of protesters seeking to oust Thai prime minister, Yingluck Shinawatra, surrounded the government’s headquarters in Bangkok on Monday, while hundreds of farmers have breached razor-wire barricades outside her temporary office in another part of the capital.

http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2014/02/protesters-surround-thai-government-house-201421751444165334.html

14 FEBRUARY 2014

Thai police retake protest camps in Bangkok

Hundreds of riot police have moved through parts of the Thai capital to retake areas occupied by protesters who have been demanding the resignation of the government for the past three months.
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2014/02/thai-police-retake-protest-camps-bangkok-20142145210548224.html
http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/A/AS_THAILAND_POLITICS?SITE=AP&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT&CTIME=2014-02-14-07-09-50&utm_source=Sailthru&utm_medium=email&utm_term=%2AMorning%20Brief&utm_campaign=MB%2002.14.14

12 FEBRUARY 2014

Thai court rejects bid to nullify election

Opposition party had petitioned to annul vote and disband Shinawatra’s party, after polls were disrupted by violence.
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2014/02/thai-court-rejects-bid-nullify-election-201421294733345671.html
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/local/394664/court-rejects-petition-to-void-feb-2-election

10 FEBRUARY 2014

Thai police arrest senior protest leader

Sonthiyarn Cheunruethainaitham, former managing director of news company Tnews, arrested a hotel in northern Bangkok
http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/feb/10/thai-police-arrest-senior-protest-leader-bangkok
http://www.radioaustralia.net.au/international/2014-02-10/thai-police-arrest-first-antigovernment-protest-leader/1262482

4 FEBRUARY 2014

Democrats ask to have Pheu Thai dissolved

The Democrat Party yesterday lodged a complaint with the Constitutional Court against Pheu Thai Party, calling for dissolution of the ruling party for pushing the February 2 election to be held despite an Election Commission recommendation to delay the poll.

http://www.nationmultimedia.com/politics/Democrats-ask-to-have-Pheu-Thai-dissolved-30226091.html

3 FEBRUARY 2014

Democrat Party to seek court annulment of Thailand election

The Democrat Party is collecting evidence to seek a Constitution Court ruling to invalidate snap election held yesterday, said party deputy leader Ong-art Klampaiboon.
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/democrat-party-seek-court-annulment-thailand-election
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-26012474

2 FEBRUARY 2014

Thailand election disrupted by protests

Protests have disrupted Thailand’s general election, halting voting in parts of Bangkok and the south, but officials say that 89% of polling stations operated normally.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-26003995
http://www.euronews.com/2014/02/02/thailand-election-polling-disrupted-but-no-major-violence/
http://www.france24.com/en/20140202-thailand-vote-polls-general-elections-protests/

1 FEBRUARY 2014

Bangkok rocked by gunfire and bombs as protests grow on eve of poll

Gunfire and explosions rocked Bangkok following clashes between pro-government « red shirts » and protesters, leading to fears of further violence as Thais head to the polls.
http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/feb/01/bangkok-bombs-protests-grow-eve-poll
http://www.theguardian.com/world/video/2014/feb/01/thailand-unrest-violence-election-demonstrations-video

26 JANUARY 2014

Thai protest leader shot dead in Bangkok

Suthin Tharathin, a prominent protester, shot in head as he spoke at an anti-government demonstration in Thai capital.
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2014/01/thai-protester-shot-dead-while-giving-speech-20141268467963102.html
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-25900604

22 JANUARY 2014

Thai ‘red-shirt’ leader shot as emergency rule begins

Kwanchai Praipana, a local radio presenter who played a large role in Bangkok protests in 2010, was wounded at his home in Udon Thani in the north
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-25827976
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2014/01/thai-pro-government-protest-leader-shot-2014122539123402.html

21 JANUARY 2014

State of emergency declared for Bangkok

The Thai government has imposed a 60-day state of emergency in the capital, Bangkok, and the surrounding provinces, from Wednesday, to cope with unrest
http://edition.cnn.com/2014/01/21/world/asia/thailand-emergency/index.html?hpt=ias_c1
http://www.euronews.com/2014/01/21/thai-government-impose-60-day-state-of-emergency-in-bangkok/

19 JANUARY 2014

28 hurt as explosions rock anti-government protest site in Thailand

Two explosions shook an anti-government demonstration site in Thailand’s capital on Sunday, wounding at least 28 people in the latest violence to hit Bangkok as the nation’s increasingly bloody political crisis drags on
http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/jan/19/thailand-bombings-political-violence-bangkok
http://www.euronews.com/2014/01/19/thailand-many-hurt-in-blasts-at-anti-government-protest-camp/

17 JANUARY 2014

Thailand crisis: Blast targets Bangkok protest rally

A blast at an anti-government rally in Thailand’s capital, Bangkok, has injured more than 30 people, amid an ongoing political crisis.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-25772589
http://www.euronews.com/2014/01/17/thailand-blast-injures-anti-government-protesters/

16 JANUARY 2014

Yingluck to be probed, ex-ministers charged on rice scheme

The anti-graft agency will investigate caretaker Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra’s role in the rice pledging scheme after bringing formal charges of corruption against two of her cabinet ministers
http://www.bangkokpost.com/business/news/389909/yingluck-to-be-probed-ex-ministers-charged-on-rice-scheme
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/thai-anti-graft-panel-probe-pm-yingluck

13 JANUARY 2014

Protesters ‘shutdown’ Bangkok in bid to unseat PM

Anti-government protesters blockaded key intersections in Bangkok Monday, aiming to paralyse Thailand’s capital and increase mounting pressure on Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra to resign.
http://www.france24.com/en/20140113-thailand-protest-bangkok-shinawatra/
http://www.euronews.com/2014/01/13/bangkok-shutdown-as-anti-government-protest-takes-hold/

Is Thailand ready for Asean Economic Community?

Much has been said about the AEC (Asean Economic Community) and its far-reaching implications for Thailand. During the past two years, the country has been the most active within Asean as far as the AEC campaign is concerned. As much as 8 billion baht (US242 million) in various forms were spent to « raise awareness and preparedness of Thailand and the Thai people for the AEC. »

http://www.asianewsnet.net/Is-Thailand-ready-for-Asean-Economic-Community-56056.html

11 JANUARY 2014

Thailand: Seven hurt as gunmen fire on Bangkok protest

At least seven people have been injured when unknown gunmen opened fire on anti-government demonstrators in the protest-hit Thai capital, Bangkok.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-25694630
http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/jan/11/gunmen-open-fire-bangkok-protesters-thailand

6 JANUARY 2014

Army silence sparks coup panic

The military has emerged as the key player and is under tremendous pressure from all sides in the face of the fierce political conflict that many fear will escalate next week

http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/local/388268/army-silence-sparks-coup-panic

4 JANUARY 2014

Thai ruling party launches election bid amid protests

Thai Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra’s party on Saturday kicked off campaigning for February elections in the face of an opposition boycott and protester plans to « shut down » Bangkok in a bid to derail the vote.
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/387921/thai-ruling-party-launches-election-bid-amid-protests
http://www.nationmultimedia.com/politics/Election-on-track-EC-30223479.html

28 DECEMBER 2013

Gunmen kill 1 protester, injure 3 in Thai anti-government protest

Gunmen opened fire on peaceful protesters in Thailand early Saturday, killing one and wounding three, national security chief Paradon Patthanathabut said.

http://edition.cnn.com/2013/12/28/world/asia/thailand-protests/index.html?hpt=ias_c1

27 DECEMBER 2013

Thai Army Chief Calls for Restraint, Does Not Rule Out Coup

Thailand Army Chief General Prayuth Chan-ocah called Friday for restraint from both sides, and did not explicitly rule out the possibility of a military coup.

http://www.voanews.com/content/thai-army-chief-calls-for-restraint-does-not-rule-out-coup/1818442.html

26 DECEMBER 2013

Thailand protests: Yingluck government rejects election delay

Thailand’s government has rejected calls to delay February’s election, amid increasingly violent protests in which a policeman has been shot dead.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-25519328
http://www.theguardian.com/global/2013/dec/26/thailand-police-battle-protesters-disrupt-elections

25 DECEMBER 2013

Thai premier proposes reform council

Thailand’s prime minister has proposed the formation of a reform council to mollify a protest movement seeking to topple her government, but demonstrators immediately rejected the idea.
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2013/12/thai-premier-proposes-reform-council-2013122594053492224.html
http://www.euronews.com/2013/12/25/thailand-clashes-as-government-compromise-is-rejected/

22 DECEMBER 2013

Thailand protesters call on government to step down

Tens of thousands of people take to the streets of the Thai capital Bangkok to step up efforts to oust the government and force political reforms
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/thailand/10533360/Thailand-protesters-call-on-government-to-step-down.html

21 DECEMBER 2013

Thai opposition to boycott 2 February elections

Thailand’s main opposition Democrat Party has announced it will boycott snap elections set for 2 February
http://www.euronews.com/2013/12/21/thai-opposition-party-to-boycott-election/
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-25475644

17 DECEMBER 2013

Thai ex-PM Abhisit re-elected as opposition party chief

Thailand’s opposition Democrat Party re-elected former Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva as its leader Tuesday ahead of a crucial decision over whether to boycott upcoming elections.
http://asiancorrespondent.com/117312/thai-ex-pm-abhisit-re-elected-as-opposition-party-chief/

14 DECEMBER 2013

Thai military chief rebuffs protesters’ intervention plea

Thailand’s military chief on Saturday shrugged off an opposition rally leader’s appeal to intervene in support of protester efforts to topple the government and install an unelected ‘people’s council’.
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/thai-military-chief-rebuffs-protesters-intervention-plea
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/local/384843/military-refuses-to-pick-a-side

12 DECEMBER 2013

Ex-Thai PM Abhisit indicted for murder over rally crackdown

Former Thai prime minister Abhisit Vejjajiva has been indicted for murder in connection with a deadly military crackdown on mass opposition protests in Bangkok three years ago, prosecutors said.
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/thailand/10512614/Former-Thai-PM-indicted-for-murder.html
http://www.euronews.com/2013/12/12/former-thai-prime-minister-charged-with-murder/

Officially neutral Thai military agrees to meet protest chief

The heads of Thailand’s powerful military agreed on Thursday to a weekend meeting with the leader of the movement seeking to overthrow Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra, deepening uncertainty about the country’s immediate political future.

http://worldnews.nbcnews.com/_news/2013/12/12/21877722-officially-neutral-thai-military-agrees-to-meet-protest-chief?lite

10 DECEMBER 2013

Thai PM refuses to step down

Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra has said she will not resign ahead of national elections set for February 2, despite opposition demands she step down as the caretaker head of government.
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2013/12/thai-pm-refuses-step-down-2013121061341347174.html
http://www.euronews.com/2013/12/10/thai-pm-refuses-to-go-protests-continue/

9 DECEMBER 2013

Thai PM Yingluck dissolves parliament and calls election

Thai Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra has dissolved parliament and called an election after sustained protests in the capital, Bangkok.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-25252795
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2013/12/thai-prime-minister-calls-early-elections-20131299023402197.html
http://www.voanews.com/content/thai-pm-dissolves-parliament-calls-for-snap-elections/1806301.html

8 DECEMBER 2013

Thai crisis deepens as main opposition party quits Parliament

Thailand’s main opposition party resigned from Parliament on Sunday to protest what it called « the illegitimacy » of an elected government with which it can no longer work. The move deepens the country’s latest political crisis one day before new street demonstrations that many fear could turn violent.
http://worldnews.nbcnews.com/_news/2013/12/08/21818217-thai-crisis-deepens-as-main-opposition-party-quits-parliament?lite
http://www.euronews.com/2013/12/08/thai-pm-shinawatra-backs-down-on-bill-but-won-t-resign/
http://www.voanews.com/content/thai-pm-offers-referendum-on-resignation/1806008.html

7 DECEMBER 2013

Thai leader offers talks with protesters

Thailand’s prime minister vowed to resign and hold elections if it would help end the country’s most severe political crisis in years as Bangkok braced for a fresh outbreak of protests next week.
http://www.ft.com/intl/cms/s/0/db1aefbc-5f5a-11e3-aec4-00144feabdc0.html?siteedition=intl#axzz2mpGsBpDe

5 DECEMBER 2013

Thailand King makes unity call in birthday message

King Bhumibol Adulyadej of Thailand has urged people to support each other for the sake of the country, in his address to the nation on his birthday.
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/local/383407/king-makes-unity-call-in-birthday-message
http://www.euronews.com/2013/12/05/thai-king-urges-people-to-do-their-duty-declines-comment-on-crisis/
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-25221607

3 DECEMBER 2013

Thai tensions ease as police lift barricades

Anti-government protesters in Thailand have crossed heavily fortified barriers and reached the gates of the prime minister’s office without resistance from the police.
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2013/12/thai-tensions-eased-as-police-lift-barricades-201312343638888713.html

2 DECEMBER 2013

Thai protests: police fire rubber bullets as protests turn more violent

Thai police fired rubber bullets to quell violent demonstrations aimed at the overthrow of Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra on Monday, as the government sought to arrest the leader of the protests for “insurrection”.
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/thailand/10488334/Thai-protests-police-fire-rubber-bullets-as-protests-turn-more-violent.html
http://www.euronews.com/2013/12/02/thailand-clashes-continue-in-bangkok-as-protesters-try-to-storm-government-/
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2013/12/protests-rage-despite-thai-pm-peace-plea-2013122142637548430.html

1 DECEMBER 2013

Thailand clashes: PM forced to flee as violent demonstrations escalate

A Thai government supporter was shot and killed early on Sunday at protests in Bangkok, raising the death toll to two as protesters invaded a police compound and forced the evacuation of the prime minister, Yingluck Shinawatra, to a secret location.
http://www.theguardian.com/world/2013/dec/01/thailand-protest-yingluck-shinawatra-violence
http://www.voanews.com/content/thai-protests-intensify-in-bangkok/1801123.html
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-25174822
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2013/12/thai-protests-escalate-amid-violence-201312143057996852.html

30 NOVEMBER 2013

Shots fired as Thai protesters clash

At least one person has been shot dead as Thai government supporters and foes clashed for the first time in a week of demonstrations against the government of Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra.
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2013/11/bangkok-protesters-besiege-telecoms-offices-2013113051823894499.html
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/local/382474/one-killed-as-v-day-eve-violence-erupts

29 NOVEMBER 2013

Thai Protesters Storm Army Headquarters

Thai protesters briefly stormed into army headquarters in Bangkok in a bid to get the military to join their efforts to topple the government of Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra
http://www.euronews.com/2013/11/29/thai-protesters-occupy-barracks-and-ask-the-army-to-choose-sides/
http://www.voanews.com/content/thai-protesters-storm-army-headquarters/1800045.html

28 NOVEMBER 2013

Thai PM appeals to protesters after surviving no-confidence vote

Thai Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra has urged anti-government demonstrators to end street protests, after surviving a no-confidence vote in parliament.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-25118083
http://www.euronews.com/2013/11/28/thai-pm-wins-vote-of-confidence-amid-widespread-anti-government-protests/
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2013/11/thai-pm-calls-end-opposition-protests-2013112810656678221.html

25 NOVEMBER 2013

Thai prime minister invokes security law after protesters occupy ministries

The Thai prime minister, Yingluck Shinawatra, invoked an emergency security law across much of Bangkok on Monday, after protesters forced their way inside the finance ministry and through the gates of the foreign ministry compound.
http://www.theguardian.com/world/2013/nov/25/thai-prime-minister-evokes-security-law-protesters-occupy-ministries
http://www.euronews.com/2013/11/25/protesters-occupy-government-ministries-in-thailand/
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/thailand/10471914/Thailand-plunged-into-crisis-as-protesters-occupy-ministries.html

24 NOVEMBER 2013

Tens of thousands join anti-government rally

Anti-government protesters estimated in the hundreds of thousands have joined Sunday’s rally at the Democracy Monument with organisers still hoping the number will swell to one million.
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/local/381488/tens-of-thousands-protest-in-bangkok-anti-government-rally
http://www.voanews.com/content/reu-thai-capital-hit-by-biggest-protests-since-deadly-2010-unrest/1796627.html

11 NOVEMBER 2013

UN rules for Cambodia in Thai border row

Thailand must withdraw all military and police forces from the area surrounding a 900-year-old Hindu temple on the far side of its border with Cambodia, UN judges have said in a ruling that could exacerbate tensions between the two countries.
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2013/11/un-rule-thai-cambodian-border-row-201311116485209849.html
http://www.voanews.com/content/un-awards-disputed-temple-site-to-cambodia/1787655.html
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/local/379318/icj-delivers-win-win-ruling

Thailand senate rejects controversial amnesty bill

Thailand’s senate has rejected an amnesty bill which could have led to the return to the country of the former prime minister, Thaksin Shinawatra.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-24903958
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2013/11/thai-senate-rejects-disputed-amnesty-bill-20131111163039304410.html

6 NOVEMBER 2013

Amnesty bill would kill 25,355 graft cases: NACC

The National Anti-Corruption Commission (NACC) yesterday issued a statement opposing the amnesty bill on grounds that it would absolve thousands of graft violations, including hundreds against top politicians.

http://www.nationmultimedia.com/politics/Amnesty-bill-would-kill-25355-graft-cases-NACC-30218832.html

1 NOVEMBER 2013

Thai amnesty bill passes lower house

Thailand’s lower house of parliament has passed a political amnesty bill that critics say could allow the return of former PM Thaksin Shinawatra.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-24768110
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2013/11/thai-mps-pass-political-amnesty-bill-201311142120256401.html
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/political-tension-flares-thailand-over-amnesty-bill

29 OCTOBER 2013

Myanmar workers in Thailand earning under minimum wage

Many Myanmar migrants working in Thailand are earning less than the minimum wage of BHT 300 a day (US$ 10), according to the Education and Development Foundation.
http://www.elevenmyanmar.com/national/3882-myanmar-workers-in-thailand-earning-under-minimum-wage

28 OCTOBER 2013

Ex-Thai PM Abhisit faces indictment over protest crackdown

Thailand’s attorney general has decided to prosecute former premier Abhisit Vejjajiva and his ex-deputy on murder charges related to a bloody crackdown on anti-government protests in 2010, officials said Monday
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/ex-thai-pm-abhisit-faces-indictment-over-protest-crackdown
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/politics/376830/abhisit-and-suthep-indicted-on-rally-crackdowns

27 OCTOBER 2013

Thai parliament postpones amnesty bill readings

The House of Representatives is expected to deliberate the Amnesty Bill in the second and third readings in mid-November at the earliest, chief government whip Aumnuay Khlangpha said . Meanwhile, Aumnuay’s deputy Paijit Sreewarakan said the ruling Pheu Thai Party would order its members of parliament (MPs) to vote in support of the draft law instead of allowing them to vote freely
http://www.asianewsnet.net/Thai-parliament-postpones-amnesty-bill-readings–53276.html

24 OCTOBER 2013

Supreme Patriarch dies at 100



The nation and the entire Buddhist community are mourning the loss of His Holiness the Supreme Patriarch of Thailand, Somdet Phra Nyanasamvara Suvaddhana Mahathera, who passed away at Chulalongkorn Hospital

http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/local/376239/supreme-patriarch-dies-at-100

19 OCTOBER 2013

Thailand extends ISA till Nov 30

The Thai government has decided to extend the enforcement of the Internal Security Act in three Bangkok districts until November 30, the day after the parliamentary session ends, National Security Council secretary-general Paradorn Pattanatabutr said.

http://www.asianewsnet.net/Thailand-extends-ISA-till-Nov-30-52993.html

16 OCTOBER 2013

Ruling on Thai-Cambodian Temple Row Expected Next Month

The United Nations’ top court is set to deliver its verdict on a long running dispute between Cambodia and Thailand over an ancient temple site. The International Court of Justice (ICJ) in The Hague will decide on Nov. 11 which country should administer a 4.6-square kilometer (1.8-square mile) tract of land surrounding the 11th century Preah Vihear temple.
http://www.rfa.org/english/news/cambodia/verdict-10162013160957.html

11 OCTOBER 2013

With Li Visit, Thailand, China Move to Strengthen Ties

Thailand and China have moved to further strengthen bilateral economic ties during an official visit by China’s Premier Li Keqiang, who kicked off the trip by addressing parliament on Friday.
http://www.voanews.com/content/with-li-visit-thailand-china-move-to-strengthen-ties/1768013.html

27 AUGUST 2013

Reconciliation Talks in Thailand Will Be Litmus Test of Parties’ Sincerity

Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra is pushing forward a reconciliation forum on September 2 in an effort to address the political divisiveness in Thailand in recent years. The government has invited key figures from the ruling Pheu Thai party, the opposition Democrat Party, and foreign leaders to participate in the forum. While the Thai private sector and international community welcome the initiative, politicians will have to act beyond their own interests to make the reconciliation talks meaningful.

http://cogitasia.com/reconciliation-talks-in-thailand-will-be-litmus-test-of-parties-sincerity/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+cogitasia%2FZCwV+%28cogitASIA+Posts%29&goback=%2Egde_134242_member_268964409#%21

12 AUGUST 2013

Chavalit urges all parties to back reconciliation forum

Former prime minister Chavalit Yongchaiyudh on Monday revealed that Yingluck Shinawatra had personally called him to invite him to take part in her proposed reconciliation forum, and urged opposing groups to get involved with discussions on how to heal the political divide in Thailand.

http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/politics/364267/chavalit-yongchaiyudh-backs-government-reconciliation-drive

7 AUGUST 2013

Protest in Thailand as parliament debates amnesty bill

Thousands of anti-government protesters gathered outside Thailand’s parliament on Wednesday as lawmakers began debating a political amnesty bill that it is speculated could help ousted and exiled premier Thaksin Shinawatra return home a free man.
http://www.france24.com/en/20130807-protest-thailand-parliament-debates-amnesty-bill-thaksin-shinawatra
http://www.voanews.com/content/thai-parliament-debates-controversial-amnesty-bill-despite-protests/1725098.html

5 AUGUST 2013

Key Muslim leader shot dead in Thailand

A Muslim leader seen as a major figure in efforts to end bloody fighting in Thailand’s south has been shot dead, raising concern about the future of peace talks. Imam Yacob Raimanee of the Pattani Central Mosque – the main house of Islamic worship in one of several violence-plagued southern provinces – was gunned down on Monday afternoon in the town of Pattani, police said.
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2013/08/20138516387558762.html

1 AUGUST 2013

Thousands cheer Thai king as he leaves hospital after long stay

Thailand’s revered but frail king left the hospital where he has lived for almost four years on Thursday, as thousands of flag-waving well-wishers cheered him on his way to his coastal palace.
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/local/362584/king-and-queen-leave-siriraj-hospital-for-klai-kangwon-palace-in-hua-hin
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/thousands-cheer-thai-king-he-leaves-hospital-after-long-stay

26 JULY 2013

Thaksin calls on Thais to unite

Ousted prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra on Friday called on Thais to reconcile their differences for the sake of the country as he celebrated his 64th birthday in Beijing.
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/politics/361734/allies-flock-to-hk-to-give-ex-pm-birthday-wishes

12 JULY 2013

Thailand agrees Muslim rebel Ramadan ceasefire

The Thai government and Muslim separatists in the south of the country have announced they will stop fighting each other during the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan.                  http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-23288378

3 JULY 2013

Monk had 10 bank accounts with daily transactions of Bt2m

The Anti-Money Laundering Office (AMLO) has found 10 bank accounts under the name of Luang Pu Nenkham, who calls himself the abbot of Si Sa Ket’s « Wat Pa Khanti Dhamma » monastery, as well as records of transactions totalling up to Bt20 million per day. http://www.nationmultimedia.com/national/Monk-had-10-bank-accounts-with-daily-transactions–30209598.html

30 JUNE 2013

Thailand’s latest Cabinet reshuffle: 3 initial observations

On Sunday June 30, Thailand’s King Bhumibol Adulyadej endorsed the changes to what is now the fifth Cabinet of Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra at nearly the halfway point of her tenure ever since she took over office in 2011. Currently, the government is under alot of fire: http://asiancorrespondent.com/110057/thailands-latest-cabinet-reshuffle-three-initial-takeaways/

21 JUNE 2013

European diplomats urge tourist safety moves on Phuket

European ambassadors on Friday 21 urged authorities on a Thai resort island work to ensure foreign tourists are safe from crime, corruption and dangerous road and swimming conditions. http://asiancorrespondent.com/109700/european-diplomats-urge-tourist-safety-moves-on-phuket/

20 JUNE 2013

Suu Kyi Blasts Proposed Law on Marriage Restrictions

Myanmar’s opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi has criticized a proposed law by a group of nationalist Buddhist monks restricting Muslim men and those of other faiths from marrying Buddhist women, saying it was discriminatory and violated human rights                                                                                                                                                     http://www.rfa.org/english/news/myanmar/marriage-06202013231513.html

17 JUNE 2013

Thailand cracks down on monks living it up with luxuries

Thailand’s national Buddhism body has announced it is monitoring monks for any inappropriate behavior following complaints prompted by a video showing Buddhist monks flying on a private jet                                                                                             http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2013/jun/17/thailand-cracks-down-monks-luxuries           http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/thailand/10124885/Thai-Buddhist-monks-criticised-over-private-jet.html

White mask rallies spread in Thailand

Anti-government protesters gathered in many provinces yesterday despite opposition from red-shirt supporters of the government                                                                                                                                                http://www.asianewsnet.net/White-mask-rallies-spread-in-Thailand-48010.html

14 JUNE 013

Thai rebels say peace could be years away

Rebels from Thailand’s restive south Friday said securing lasting peace could take years, acknowledging some insurgents were trying to undermine ongoing talks through continued violence. http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/thai-rebels-say-peace/710578.html

6 JUNE 2013

The Search for a Solution in Thailand’s Deep South

With negotiations apparently stalled between the Thai Government and Barisan Revolusi Patani (BRN), one of the Muslim rebel groups operating in Thailand’s deep south, one must start considering how long before a solution to this lingering insurgency problem can be found                                                                                                               http://asiasentinel.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=5477&Itemid=392

5 JUNE 2013

Thailand denies entry to Cambodia opposition leader Sam Rainsy

Thailand has denied entry to Cambodian opposition leader Sam Rainsy over concerns he would engage in political campaigning in the neighboring Southeast Asian nation.                                                                                                                                                                   http://asiancorrespondent.com/108704/thailand-denies-entry-to-cambodia-opposition-leader-sam-rainsy/

29 APRIL 2013

Thai ‘Yellow Shirt’ activists trial postponed

A Thai court has postponed the trial of nearly 100 Thai royalist activists who were facing charges for their roles in 2008 rallies that paralysed Thailand’s main airports stranding thousands of tourists                                                                                                      http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2013/04/201342995251949888.html

28 MARCH 2013

Thailand opens peace talks with Muslim separatist rebels

Peace talks facilitated by Malaysia aim to end almost a decade of violence in Muslim-dominated provinces of southern Thailand http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2013/mar/28/thailand-peace-talks-muslim-rebels                                                                                                                       http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-21963399

21 MARCH 2013

A step toward peace in southern Thailand

On 28 February in Kula Lumpur, Thailand’s government signed an agreement to initiate peace talks between the Thai National Security Council and Barisan Revolusi Nasional-Coordinate (BRN-C), one of the major separatist groups in southern Thailand. http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2013/03/21/a-step-toward-peace-in-southern-thailand/

3 MARCH 2013

Bangkok governor gets second term

Sukhumbhand Paribatra of the royalist pro-establishment Democrat party overcame a rival from the ruling Puea Thai party, which is backed by « Red Shirt » supporters of ousted prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra. http://www.channelnewsasia.com/stories/afp_asiapacific/view/1257637/1/.html                                   http://asiancorrespondent.com/100111/against-expectations-sukhumbhand-wins-second-term-as-bangkok-governor/

28 FEBRUARY 2013

Thailand and Muslim separatists agree to peace talks

Senior Thai government officials signed the deal on Thursday with members of the Barisan Revolusi Nasional (BRN) in the Malaysian capital, Kuala Lumpur, where they agreed to launch a « dialogue process » in the southern border provinces. They gave no date for future meetings.                                                                                                                                                        http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2013/feb/28/thailand-muslim-separatists-peace-talks                                                                                                                                       http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2013/02/201322822925178206.html            http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/thailand/9899300/Thailand-signs-breakthrough-deal-with-Muslim-rebels.html

27 FEBRUARY 2013

Murder of environmentalist ‘highlights Thailand’s failure to protect activists’

An international rights group is pressing Thailand to investigate the recent murder of an environmentalist who exposed the dumping of toxic waste, and condemned the government’s « fundamental failure » to protect activists fighting for social and environmental change in the kingdom. http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2013/feb/27/murder-environmentalist-thailand-failure

19 FEBRUARY 2013

Thai GDP growth rises to 6.4% for 2012

Thailand’s economy grew a robust 3.6 percent in the fourth quarter from the previous three months, taking the 2012 pace to 6.4 percent…               http://asiancorrespondent.com/97956/thai-gdp-growth-rises-to-6-4-for-2012/

15 FEBRUARY 2013

In Thailand, 30,000 children are boxing to help their poor family

http://www.buffalogirlsthemovie.com/#!videos/ck0q

13 FEBRUARY 2013

Thai army repels mass attack in restive south

Scores of heavily armed gunmen stormed a military base in unrest-plagued southern Thailand, in a major assault that left at least 16 attackers dead, a military spokesman said.                                                                                                                                              http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2013/02/20132131188370718.html            http://worldnews.nbcnews.com/_news/2013/02/13/16946868-muslim-insurgents-launch-raid-on-thai-military-base-16-militants-slain?lite                                                                                                                                                                                                   http://www.voanews.com/content/thai-army-urges-curfew-after-insurgents-attack-base/1602719.html

18 JANUARY 2013

Justice or politics

Some say former PM Abhisit is rightfully being charged for supressing the red shirts; other see the case as business as usual. http://thediplomat.com/2013/01/19/justice-or-ruse-in-thailand/

13 JANUARY 2013

Stop the intimidation, media body tells Army

The Thai Journalists Association called on the military yesterday to stop intimidating the media, while urging media practitioners to abide by their code of conduct after dozens of uniformed officers protested twice at ASTV Manager’s offices. http://www.nationmultimedia.com/politics/Stop-the-intimidation-media-body-tells-Army-30197810.html

4 JANUARY 2013

3,380 killed in nine years of violence

A total of 3,380 people have been killed and 8,388 wounded in terror attacks since the resumption of insurgent violence in the deep South nine years ago today, according to figures released yesterday by the Southern Border Provinces Administrative Centre                                                                                                                                               http://www.nationmultimedia.com/national/3380-killed-in-nine-years-of-violence-30197241.html

13 DECEMBER 1012

Former Thai PM charged with murder

Abhisit Vejjajiva, the former prime minister of Thailand, has been charged with murder over the death of a civilian during a crackdown on anti-government rallies two years ago, his party says.
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2012/12/2012121373047610790.html http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/thailand/9742326/Former-Thai-prime-minister-charged-with-murder.html

5 DECEMBER 2012

Thais celebrate 85th birthday of revered king

In a rare public appearance, Thailand’s king has called for unity and stability in the divided nation during a speech to mark his 85th birthday
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2012/12/20121258351621627.html http://asiancorrespondent.com/93031/thais-celebrate-85th-birthday-of-revered-king/

15 NOVEMBER 2012

Thailand Defence pact with US ‘only reaffirms ties’

The 2012 Joint Vision Statement for the Thai-US Defence Alliance, to be signed during the visit of US Defence Secretary Leon Panetta today, posed no legal difficulties in terms of the Constitution and would have no impact on strategic ties with China, Defence Minister Sukampol Suwannathat said
http://www.nationmultimedia.com/politics/Defence-pact-with-US-only-reaffirms-ties-30194375.html

14 NOVEMBER 2012

US defence pact ‘won’t affect’ Thai neutrality

Security experts said this week that Thailand would not lose its neutrality after the decision to sign a new defence agreement with the United States during the upcoming visit of President Barack Obama, but the country must be careful not to be seen as moving too close to the American orbit.
http://www.nationmultimedia.com/national/US-defence-pact-wont-affect-Thai-neutrality-30194293.html

14 NOVEMBER 2012

Expanding Military to Military Engagement: China and Thailand

As U.S. Defense Secretary Panetta turns north from Australia on his way to Thailand and Cambodia today, he should carefully consider the trends in China’s military to military relationship with Thailand. http://cogitasia.com/expanding-military-to-military-engagement-china-and-thailand/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+cogitasia%2FZCwV+%28cogitASIA+Posts%29

12 OCTOBER 2012

Thai military resists political pressure

Thailand recently released its autumn list of senior military officer promotions and reassignments, an annual exercise that determines the balance of power among competitive factions inside the armed forces. While many analysts expected self-exiled former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra to push for his known military allies to take key positions, Royal Thai Army (RTA) Commander-in-Chief Gen Prayuth Chan-ocha appears at first blush to have maintained the upper hand.
http://www.atimes.com/atimes/Southeast_Asia/NJ13Ae01.html

12 SEPTEMBER 2012

Suspected insurgents surrender in Thailand’s south

Officials say about 100 suspected insurgents have surrendered to authorities in Thailand’s restive south, including the alleged leader of a 2004 attack that reignited longstanding violence in the region. http://asiancorrespondent.com/89109/suspected-insurgents-surrender-in-thailands-south/

18 JULY 2012

Cambodia, Thailand pull troops from temple flashpoint

Cambodia and Thailand pulled hundreds of soldiers out of a disputed border area on Wednesday, a year after a ruling by the UN’s highest court, replacing them with police and security guards.The International Court of Justice (ICJ) on July 18 last year ordered the neighbours to demilitarise a strip of land adjacent to the Preah Vihear temple which was the scene of deadly clashes in 2011 http://www.channelnewsasia.com/stories/afp_asiapacific/view/1214288/1/.html http://www.rfa.org/english/video?param=value&storyId=Cambodia-Preah-Vihear http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2012/07/201271845840265105.html

25 JUNE 2012

Thai Red Shirts stage mass protests

Tens of thousands of supporters of Thailand’s « Red Shirt » protest movement have staged a mass rally in Bangkok, police said, amid renewed political tensions in the troubled country.
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2012/06/20126250407414477.html

31 MAY 2012

Thai parliament chaos over reconciliation debate

The Thai parliament was thrown into chaos for a second day Thursday, as lawmakers clashed over plans to push through a reconciliation debate that threatens to widen the country’s bitter divides
http://www.asiaone.com/News/AsiaOne%2BNews/Asia/Story/A1Story20120531-349734.html

25 MAY 2012

Return of the king

Dressed in a military uniform, His Majesty the King yesterday May 25 left Siriraj Hospital for his first personal short trip out of Bangkok in recent years, bringing much delight to the whole nation
http://www.nationmultimedia.com/national/Return-of-the-king-30182861.html

15 APRIL 2012

Hun Sen attacked for ‘excess generosity’

Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen has been criticised for being overly generous to red-shirt supporters of former Thai premier Thaksin Shinawatra, who is in Cambodia this weekend.
http://www.nationmultimedia.com/politics/Hun-Sen-attacked-for-excess-generosity-30179979.html

31 MARCH 2012

Bombs kill 10, injure more than 100 in southern Thailand

Pattani, Thailand – At least 10 people were killed and more than 100 wounded as three bombs detonated in Thailand’s strife-torn far south Saturday, the authorities said
http://news.monstersandcritics.com/asiapacific/news/article_1696036.php/Bombs-kill-10-injure-more-than-100-in-southern-Thailand
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2012/03/20123317429173143.html

25 FEBRUARY 2012

Thai parliament votes to amend military-backed constitution

Thailand’s parliament voted Saturday to pave the way for a rewrite of the military-backed 2007 constitution.  After a two-day debate, both houses voted to permit a redrafting of the charter written after the September 2006 coup toppled former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra http://news.monstersandcritics.com/asiapacific/news/article_1692783.php/Thai-parliament-votes-to-amend-military-backed-constitution

17 FEBRUARY 2012

Thailand’s Thaksin prepares for war

Newly appointed Thai Minister of Defense Air Chief Marshal Sukampon Suwannathat is quietly planning to activate a new « war room », or secretive unofficial command center, to direct mass pro-government « red-shirt » demonstrations planned for the coming months, according to senior Thai military sources familiar with the situation
http://www.atimes.com/atimes/Southeast_Asia/NB18Ae03.html
http://www.atimes.com/atimes/Korea/NB18Dg01.html

14 FEBRUARY 2012

Bangkok bomb attack fuels Israel-Iran tension

An Iranian man blew off his own leg and wounded four people when he lobbed a grenade in the Thai capital Tuesday, with Israel blaming the blasts on Iran. The attack comes just one day after attempted bomb attacks against Israeli diplomats
http://www.france24.com/en/20120214-bomber-wounded-attempt-attack-bangkok-police-iranian-thailand http://www.nytimes.com/2012/02/15/world/asia/explosions-in-bangkok-injures-suspected-iranian-national.html?_r=1&ref=asia

12 JANUARY 2012

Better-armed, better-trained Thai insurgents

Long seen as locked in a low-intensity stalemate, the Malay Muslim separatist conflict in southern Thailand appears to be escalating towards a new and more violent phase
http://www.atimes.com/atimes/Southeast_Asia/NA12Ae01.html

23 NOVEMBER 2011

Thailand lese majeste man jailed for 20 years

The court found Ampon Tangnoppakul, nicknamed ‘grandpa’ and ‘Uncle SMS’ by the local press, guilty of sending messages insulting the monarchy to the mobile phone of the secretary of former prime minister Abhisit Vejjajiva last year during anti-government protests
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-15850068
http://www.monstersandcritics.com/news/asiapacific/news/article_1676944.php/Thai-court-sentences-grandpa-to-20-years-for-insulting-monarchy

21 NOVEMBER 2011

Thai Justice minister rules out Thaksin pardon

Justice Minister Pracha Promnok insisted yesterday that former prime minister Thaksin Shina-watra would not benefit from the draft Royal Decree seeking pardons for inmates on the occasion of His Majesty the King’s birthday.
http://www.nationmultimedia.com/politics/Justice-minister-rules-out-Thaksin-pardon-30170289.html

16 NOVEMBER 2011

Thai cabinet ‘endorses Thaksin amnesty plan’

A controversial amnesty decree has been endorsed by Thailand’s cabinet that could pave the way for the return of Thaksin Shinawatra, the country’s fugitive former prime minister, according to local media reports.
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2011/11/2011111672939589176.html
http://www.monstersandcritics.com/news/asiapacific/news/article_1675541.php/LEAD-Thai-cabinet-okays-amnesty-that-would-cover-fugitive-ex-premier

16 SEPTEMBER 2011

Clashes in southern Thailand claim 4,846 dead in last eight years

There have been 11,704 violent incidents documented in Narathiwat, Pattani and Yala provinces since January 2004, claiming 4,846 dead
and 7,995 injured, according to Deep South Watch, a network of academics and civil society groups that monitors the southern unrest.
http://www.monstersandcritics.com/news/asiapacific/news/article_1663347.php/Clashes-in-southern-Thailand-claim-4-846-dead-in-last-eight-years

10 AUGUST 2011

 Thailand’s New Yingluck Cabinet

The cabinet that Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra  unveiled appears to be a mixture of outsiders, people with intimate ties to her
brother, Thaksin Shinawatra, and old hands in Thai politics – and no members of  the Red Shirt faction that played a key role in bringing her Pheu Thai Party to  power
http://www.asiasentinel.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=3376&Itemid=185

5 JULY 2011 Official balloting outcome[

The Election Commission on Tuesday announced the  official count of votes cast on Sunday. The voter turnout was 75 per cent and  Pheu Thai Party was declared victory grabbing 265 of 500 House seats,  comprising 61 party-list seats via proportionate vote and 204 constituency
seats via direct vote.
http://www.nationmultimedia.com/2011/07/05/national/Official-balloting-outcome-30159554.html

3 JULY 2011

Thai opposition party wins election by  landslide

Thailand’s prime minister has conceded defeat in the  country’s elections, paving the way for Yingluck Shinawatra, the leader of the
opposition and the sister of the ousted former prime minister Thaksin  Shinawatra, to form the next government. With almost all the votes counted,  Puea Thai had won a clear majority with 263 seats out of 500, well ahead of the  ruling Democrats with 161, according to the Election Commission, which  estimated turnout at 74 per cent
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-pacific-14004755
http://english.aljazeera.net/news/asia-pacific/2011/07/2011739048966149.html
http://www.france24.com/en/20110703-yingluck-shinawatra-profile-shadow-brother-thaksin-thailand
http://www.nationmultimedia.com/specials/nationvdo/showvdo.php?id=4381&cateid=13
http://www.asianewsnet.net/home/news.php?id=19733&sec=1
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/election

 

wars, conflicts and strategy on 19 March in Asian history

WARS, CONFLICTS AND STRATEGY ON 19 MARCH IN ASIAN HISTORY

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1279: In China, a Mongol victory in the naval Battle of Yamen ends the Song dynasty. In the battle, Chinese Emperor Bing is drown
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Yamen
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Emperor_Bing_of_Song
http://history.cultural-china.com/en/34History8051.html

1571: Spanish troops occupy Manila
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Manila_(1570)

1853: In China, the Taiping reform movement occupies and makes Nanjing its capital until 1864
http://taipingrebellion.com/yangtze.htm
http://history.04007.cn/en.php/HisMain/2657.html

1945: World War II: Off the coast of Japan, a dive bomber hits the aircraft carrier USS Franklin, killing 724 of her crew. Badly damaged, the ship is able to return to the U.S. under her own power
http://www.ussfranklin.org/

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o82ASjYJDbw

1947: The Nationalists troops of Chiang Kai-shek capture Yan’an (Yenan), the communist capital of Mao Zedong
http://www.marxists.org/reference/archive/mao/selected-works/volume-4/mswv4_18.htm

1949: The Light Cruiser Chongqing (ex HMS Aurora) who joined the communist forces is bombed by the Guomindang planes in Yantai (Shandong) and will sink on March 21
http://www.modelshipgallery.com/gallery/cl/roc/chongqing-300-dh/dh-index.html

1949-03-19 Chongqing cruise

1966: The South Korean Assembly votes to send 20,000 additional troops to Vietnam to join the 21,000 Republic of Korea (ROK) forces already serving in the war zone
http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/seoul-agrees-to-send-additional-troops

1972: India and Bangladesh sign a friendship treaty
http://www.commonlii.org/in/other/treaties/INTSer/1972/6.html

1973: Opening at La celle-Saint-Cloud (France) of long negotiations between the Provisional Revolutionary Government (PRG) of the Vietcong and a delegation of the Saigon government

2012: An international judge resigns from the UN-backed Khmer Rouge war crimes tribunal, citing political interference by Cambodia’s government after he tried to investigate more suspects. Judge Laurent Kasper-Ansermet, the Swiss co-investigator, whose predecessor Siegfried Blunk quit for similar reasons, said he had been constantly undermined by his Cambodian counterpart, You Bunleng.
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2012/03/2012319143340854125.html
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-17432484

2015: Japan and China held security talks after a four-year hiatus because of simmering territorial tensions with the two sides agreeing to hold meetings « more frequently » to speed up a thaw in once-frozen relations, officials
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-31957664

On 19 March in South Asian history

ON 19 MARCH IN SOUTH ASIAN HISTORY

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1960: General elections in Sri Lanka after PM Bandaranaike was shot by a Buddhist monk, won by the United National Party

1972: India and Bangladesh sign a friendship treaty
http://www.commonlii.org/in/other/treaties/INTSer/1972/6.html

1984: Birth of Tanushree Dutta, Indian actress
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tanushree_Dutta

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qMPPRTQT8iY

1998: Death of E.M.S. Namboodiripad, Indian Communist politician, former Chief Minister of Kerala, born on June 13, 1909
http://www.iloveindia.com/indian-heroes/e-m-s-namboodiripad.html
http://www.mapsofindia.com/on-this-day/19-march-1998-ems-namboodiripad-first-chief-minister-of-kerala-died
http://www.veethi.com/india-people/e._m._s._namboodiripad-profile-179-19.htm

1998: In India, the nationalist BJP Atal Bihari Vajpayee sworn in as new PM
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Second_Vajpayee_ministry
http://www.bjp.org/shri-atal-bihari-vajpayee

2000: Death of Shafiq-ur-Rehman (humorist), Pakistani humorist and writer, born on November 9, 1920
http://urduadab4u.blogspot.fr/2011/01/shafiq-ur-rahman-famous-urdu-humorist.html

2008: Death of Raghuvaran, Tamil, Telugu and Malayalam actor, born on December 11, 1948
http://www.oneindia.com/2008/03/19/actor-raghuvaran-passes-away-1205908651.html
http://www.indiaglitz.com/raghuvaran-passes-away-tamil-news-37336
http://www.filmibeat.com/celebs/raghuvaran/biography.html

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zSlOiVqDdZI

 

On 19 March in Southeast Asian history

ON 19 MARCH IN SOUTHEAST ASIAN HISTORY

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1571: Spanish troops occupy Manila
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Manila_(1570)

1723 : Birth of Josefa Gabriela Silang, the first Filipino woman to lead a revolt during the Spanish colonization of the Philippines, hanged on September 29, 1763
http://www.bayaniart.com/articles/gabriela-silang-biography/
https://kahimyang.com/kauswagan/articles/1023/today-in-philippine-history-march-19-1723-josefa-gabriela-silang-was-born-in-santa-ilocos-sur
http://jeanrojas.tripod.com/id11.html

Josefa Gabriela Silang

1919: Birth of general Sein Win, seventh Premier of Burma (1974-1977) who died on March 29, 1977
http://dic.academic.ru/dic.nsf/enwiki/7979027

1965: Indonesia nationalizes all foreign oil companies

1970: In Cambodia, the National Assembly grants « full power » to Premier Lon Nol, declares a state of emergency, and suspends four articles of the constitution, permitting arbitrary arrest and banning public assembly
http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/national-emergency-declared-in-cambodia

1973: Opening at La celle-Saint-Cloud (France) of long negotiations between the Provisional Revolutionary Government (PRG) of the Vietcong and a delegation of the Saigon government

1998: In Cambodia, Ousted Prime Minister Norodom Ranariddh, is condemned in absentia at thirty years in prison, accused of having fomented a coup d’état with the Khmer Rouge in July 1997

2011: Thailand’s prime minister Abhisit Vejjajiva survives a no-confidence vote in a censure motion marked by allegations of corruption, mismanagement and conflicts of interest
http://english.aljazeera.net/news/asia-pacific/2011/03/20113194843541330.html

2012: An international judge resigns from the UN-backed Khmer Rouge war crimes tribunal, citing political interference by Cambodia’s government after he tried to investigate more suspects. Judge Laurent Kasper-Ansermet, the Swiss co-investigator, whose predecessor Siegfried Blunk quit for similar reasons, said he had been constantly undermined by his Cambodian counterpart, You Bunleng.
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2012/03/2012319143340854125.html
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-17432484

2015: Cambodian MPs approve two controversial election laws which were condemned by rights groups as undemocratic for including restrictive provisions such as banning NGOs from criticising parties during election campaigns
http://www.rfa.org/english/news/cambodia/parliament-passes-controversial-election-laws-03192015160033.html

On 19 March in Japan’s history

ON 19 MARCH IN JAPAN’S HISTORY

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1434: Birth of Ashikaga Yoshikatsu, 7th shogun (1442-1443) of the Ashikaga Shogunate, who died in a riding accident in August 1443
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ashikaga_Yoshikatsu
http://www.japan-photo.de/e-yoshikatsu.htm

1610: Death of Hasegawa Tohaku, Japanese painter, born in 1539
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hasegawa_T%C5%8Dhaku
http://www.theartwolf.com/landscapes/hasegawa-tohaku-pine-trees.htm
https://www.google.fr/search?q=Hasegawa+Tohaku&biw=1301&bih=641&source=lnms&tbm=isch&sa=X&ei=eagJVdDBAZTeauKbgOgG&ved=0CAYQ_AUoAQ&dpr=1.05

Hasegawa Tohaku

1945: World War II: Off the coast of Japan, a dive bomber hits the aircraft carrier USS Franklin, killing 724 of her crew. Badly damaged, the ship is able to return to the U.S. under her own power
http://www.ussfranklin.org/

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o82ASjYJDbw

1955: Ichiro Hatoyama is elected Japan Prime Minister and forms a Liberal government
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ichir%C5%8D_Hatoyama
http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=6135682

1964: Birth of Yoko Kanno, Japanese composer
http://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Y%C5%8Dko_Kanno
http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0437819/
http://www.dailymotion.com/video/x441y_yoko-kanno_music

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=byhcdd6_eKk

1980: Birth of Mikuni Shimokawa, Japanese singer
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mikuni_Shimokawa

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L4_TrANYLAI

1995: Death of Yasuo Yamada, Japanese voice actor, born on September 10, 1932
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yasuo_Yamada
http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/encyclopedia/people.php?id=788

2015:Japan and China held security talks after a four-year hiatus because of simmering territorial tensions with the two sides agreeing to hold meetings « more frequently » to speed up a thaw in once-frozen relations, officials
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-31957664

 

On 19 March in Chinese history, Hong Kong and Taiwan

ON 19 MARCH IN CHINESE HISTORY, HONG KONG AND TAIWAN

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1206: Birth of Güyük Khan, Mongol ruler, 3rd Great Khan of the Mongol Empire, who died on April 20, 1248
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/G%C3%BCy%C3%BCk_Khan
http://www.iranicaonline.org/articles/gyk-khan

1279: In China, a Mongol victory in the naval Battle of Yamen ends the Song dynasty. In the battle, Chinese Emperor Bing is drown
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Yamen
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Emperor_Bing_of_Song
http://history.cultural-china.com/en/34History8051.html

1853: In China, the Taiping reform movement occupies and makes Nanjing its capital until 1864
http://taipingrebellion.com/yangtze.htm
http://history.04007.cn/en.php/HisMain/2657.html

1858: Birth of Kang Youwei, Chinese political thinker who, with the support of Emperor Guangxu, tried to modernize the Chinese monarchy but blocked par Empress Ci Xi and who died on March 31, 1927
http://chinatown.library.uvic.ca/kang_youwei
http://www.google.fr/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=web&cd=15&ved=0CHIQFjAO&url=http%3A%2F%2Futcp.c.u-tokyo.ac.jp%2Fpublications%2Fpdf%2FUTCPBooklet17_08_Tay.pdf&ei=28MJVcnDK8mzUa7sgcgO&usg=AFQjCNHMjCVnGd085vq6kKtjOFgKZ6xezw&sig2=vz4MSkIbbkXXKH4drcdb4Q
http://history.04007.cn/en.php/HisMain/2468.html

1875: Birth of Zhang Zuolin, warlord of Manchuria, murdured by the Japanese on June 4, 1928
http://totallyhistory.com/zhang-zuolin/
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zhang_Zuolin

1914: Birth of Jiang Qing, last wife of Mao Zedong, who committed suicide on May 14, 1991
http://www.newworldencyclopedia.org/entry/Jiang_Qing
http://chineseposters.net/themes/jiangqing.php                                                                                                                   http://www.answers.com/topic/jiang-qing

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MjzKbzFgaH8

1947: The Nationalists troops of Chiang Kai-shek capture Yan’an (Yenan), the communist capital of Mao Zedong
http://www.marxists.org/reference/archive/mao/selected-works/volume-4/mswv4_18.htm

1949: The Light Cruiser Chongqing (ex HMS Aurora) who joined the communist forces is bombed by the Guomindang planes in Yantai (Shandong) and will sink on March 21
http://www.modelshipgallery.com/gallery/cl/roc/chongqing-300-dh/dh-index.html
http://history.04007.cn/en.php/HisMain/3031.html

1949-03-19 Chongqing cruise

1955: Birth of Simon Yam, Hong Kong actor
http://simonyam.com/biography/

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DlkgjM1s18g

1967: Birth of Jia Hongsheng, Chinese actor, who commited suicide on July 5, 2010
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jia_Hongsheng
http://www.traileraddict.com/trailer/quitting/trailer

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MWgcUtRWjuo

1975: Birth of Vivian Hsu (Hsu Shu-juan), Taiwanese actress, model and singer
http://women.stareastasia.com/vivian-hsu/
http://yummycelebrities.com/2006/09/03/vivian-hsu/

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UY76lVBYUD0

2000: Death of Li Huanzhi, Chinese composer, born on January 2, 1919
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Li_Huanzhi

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ji8nEwgCyms

2004: Taiwanese President Chen Shuibian and vice-president Annette Lu are lightly wounded in an pistol attack, the day before new presidential elections
http://www.nytimes.com/2004/03/19/international/asia/taiwanese-leaders-survive-shooting-incident-ahead-of-vote.html
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2004/mar/20/china.jonathanwatts
http://www.tzengs.com/News/Assasin/photos_.htm

2014: In what will be called  the Sun flowers movement, hundreds of students and activists opposed to a trade deal with China occupy Taiwan’s parliament and defied police efforts to evict them
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/taiwan/10707189/Protesters-storm-parliament-in-Taiwan.html
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-26641525

2015:Japan and China held security talks after a four-year hiatus because of simmering territorial tensions with the two sides agreeing to hold meetings « more frequently » to speed up a thaw in once-frozen relations, officials
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-31957664