Total Indonesia Alcohol Ban Not an Impossibility

Total Indonesia Alcohol Ban Not an Impossibility

Indonesia could soon become the second nation in Asean to impose a nationwide alcohol ban with a proposal to that effect now before the country’s national legislature. Two Indonesia Islamist parties – the United Development Party (PPP) and the Prosperous Justice Party (PKS) – have introduced the Alcohol Prohibition Bill to parliament. If passed it […]

2017 Philippine budget focuses on education, social services, & infrastructure

2017 Philippine budget focuses on education, social services, & infrastructure

Philippine Budget Secretary Benjamin Diokno presented the 2017 Philippine budget to the leadership of the House of Representatives on Monday and, true to the campaign promises of President Rodrigo Duterte, it focuses additional funding in key the areas of education, agriculture, social services, and infrastructure. “I can characterise it as saying we’re putting our money […]

Energy Efficient Train Could Foster Philippine Railway Industry

Energy Efficient Train Could Foster Philippine Railway Industry

The Philippines could soon emerge as a major supplier of energy efficient trains following the recent unveiling and testing of a Philippine-made hybrid electric train. Developed by a team of Filipino engineers and technicians at the Department of Science and Technology’s (DOSTs) Metals Industry Research and Development Center (MIRDC), the P120 million (US$2.5 million) energy […]

Philippine Consumers The World’s Most Confident

Philippine Consumers The World’s Most Confident

Consumers from Southeast Asia are among the most confident in the world according to the latest Nielsen Global Survey of Consumer Confidence and Spending with three Asean countries – the Philippines, Indonesia, and Vietnam – ranking in the top ten countries with the highest consumer confidence ratings during the second quarter of 2016. Consumer confidence […]

Can Duterte Fulfill His Campaign Promises?

Can Duterte Fulfill His Campaign Promises?

Now that he is at the helm of the Philippine government the question that remains is: Will President Rodrigo Duterte be able to fulfill the campaign promises he made to the Filipino people during his election campaign and immediately after taking office? Zeroing in on Filipino citizens frustration with crime and corruption, the tough-talking former […]

Arroyo Claims Acquittal Proof of Persecution as Further Charges Loom

Arroyo Claims Acquittal Proof of Persecution as Further Charges Loom

The Philippines’ top court paved the way for the release of detained former president Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo last week when it voted to clear her of plunder charges relating to the misuse of Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) funds while she was in office – funds intended for the the nation’s poor. The 15-member Philippine Supreme […]

Philippine Mining Sector: Polluting Mines to be Closed

Philippine Mining Sector: Polluting Mines to be Closed

Newly appointed Philippines environment secretary Regina “Gina” Lopez has warned the Philippines mining sector that she plans to conduct an audit of the industry, with those found to be involved in destructive mining facing closure. Ms Lopez, a staunch environmentalist, said the move was suggested by no less than President Duterte, who appointed Ms Lopez […]

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