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Ai Ballesteros studied Journalism at a state university in the Philippines, currently working as a writer. For years, she has been writing about metropolis, politics, and business issues. Apart from writing, Ai also loves to travel.

‘Fixers’ as a product of corruption

When you think of the country “Philippines,” whether you’ve made a visit or not, the first word that may worm its way into your mind would be “hospitable,” and this is no doubt as this trait has been passed from generation to generation.For some,...

The Philippine transportation system is unimaginably awful

THE Philippines has long been left out when it comes to modernizing its public transport system as compared with its neighboring Asian countries Malaysia and Singapore.Take an example the horrendous traffic on Epifanio delos Santos Avenue or EDSA, the Philippines’ busiest thoroughfare in Metro...

Philippine conglomerate gets Court favor over Ilijan dispute

Philippine conglomerate San Miguel Corp.—through its subsidiary SMC Global Power Holdings Corp.—won its case anew versus the Power Sector Assets and Liabilities Management Corp. (PSALM) over its four-year dispute on the 1,200-megawatt (MW) Ilijan power plant in Batangas province.In a filing with the Philippine...

Thailand to spend 1 billion baht for agriculture

THE Thailand government is looking to spend 1 billion baht for fiscal year 2020 in a bid to assist farmers and step-up the agriculture industry.Thailand’s Industry Ministry said that it is planning to conclude within October this year the government’s agriculture development plan, with...

Indonesia turns into timber, furnitures production amid trade war

THE Indonesian government is mulling over banking on its timber and furnitures industry to seize the momentum amid the ongoing trade war between the United States and China.Indonesian President Joko Widodo, in a meeting with industry players at the State Palace on Tuesday, said...

Thailand OKs perks to lure foreign investors

THAILAND on Tuesday has approved fresh perks to woo foreign investors and relocate their production base in the country.The approved package includes tax incentives, special investment zones for individual countries, future amendments to the Foreign Business Act to ease foreign investment, incentives supporting human...

Malaysia bans open-burning to reduce effects of harmful haze

MALAYSIAN authorities on Wednesday moved to ban all forms of open burning as part of efforts to cut the harmful effects of the haze.Norlin Jaafar, director-general of Malaysia’s Department of Environment, said in a statement to the media that she was strictly enforcing the...

Philippine investors unfazed by CITIRA as foreign pledges up

THE increase in foreign direct investment (FDI) during the first half of the year showed that businesses were not spooked by the planned rationalization of tax and incentives program, according to the Philippine Department of Finance.“Despite the persistent fear-mongering activities of certain groups, the...

Thailand leads suicide rate in ASEAN

THAILAND is leading the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) in the most number of suicides, a study by the World Health Organization (WHO) showed. On Monday, WHO said Thailand ranked 32nd in the annual suicide rate, with a 14.4-suicide ratio for every 100,000 population,...

Human Rights questions Cambodia over harassment of activists

THE United Nations Commission on Human Rights (UNHCR) has hit out at Cambodia for the harassment of some 100 activists and detention of more than 20. During the 42nd session of the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva, Switzerland on Monday, Commissioner Michelle Bachelet questioned...

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