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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.

US-Asean Summit postponed over virus fears

A long-scheduled summit between the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and the United States will no longer push through as planned. According to a report by Reuters, both parties decided to postpone the summit which was originally scheduled on March 14 in Las Vegas,...

Philippine Airlines lets go of 300 workers

Flag carrier Philippine Airlines has laid off some 300 employees as part of its retrenchment program as the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) continues to dampen its revenues. Philippine Airlines announced on Friday that it axed 300 of its employees representing 5 percent of its workforce...

Philippines to probe Honda production shutdown

The Senate of the Philippines is planning to conduct an inquiry into the sudden shutdown of Honda Cars Philippines Inc.’s manufacturing in Laguna. Senator Joel Villanueva, who heads the Senate committee on labor, employment, and human resources, said the committee was ready to conduct hearings...

Thai airlines scramble for survival

Thailand-based airlines are struggling to survive from the low blow of the 2019 novel coronavirus, with carriers now offering tweaked airfare promotions and laying off some of their employees to reduce expenses. Flag carrier Thai Airways International Public Co. Ltd., for instance, is now slashing...

Thailand braces for ‘worst-case’ coronavirus scenario

The government of Thailand is bracing itself for the worst-case scenario of the coronavirus outbreak but assured that it was doing all measures to prevent the spread. Speaking after a meeting with government officials at the Government House on Thursday, Thailand’s Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha...

Philippines allows return of OFWs to Hong Kong, Macau

Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) with existing job contracts in Hong Kong and Macau are now able to return to said territories amid the Philippine government’s easing of the travel ban. Department Foreign Affairs (DFA) Undersecretary for Civilian Security and Consular Concern Brigido Dulay said in...

Thais urged to postpone visit to Israel

The government of Thailand is urging Thai nationals to postpone their visits to Israel amid the quarantine requirement imposed by the latter. In an advisory issued on Monday, the Thai embassy in Tel Aviv said that Israel’s health ministry imposed a 14-day house quarantine on...

Malaysia GDP falls to new 10-year low

Malaysia saw economic growth fell to its lowest level in 10 years amid lower private consumption and external demand as a result of a gloomy global economy. Malaysian central bank governor Nor Shamsiah Yunus told a news briefing on Wednesday, February 12, that gross domestic...

US: Philippines’ withdrawal from VFA ‘wrong’

The decision of the Philippines to terminate the Visiting Forces Agreement (VFA) with the United States was a move in the wrong direction, a US Cabinet official said on Tuesday. US Defense Secretary Mark Esper confirmed that Washington has received the Philippines’ formal notice to...

ADB extends $2M assistance to combat coronavirus

The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has shelled out $2 million in fresh funds to support efforts in combating the spread of the 2019 novel coronavirus. The funds will supplement ongoing regional technical assistance and strengthen response capacity in Cambodia, the People's Republic of China, the...

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