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Ai is a Journalism graduate at a state university in the Philippines who considers "writing" and "enlightening the blind" as her passion.

‘Thai Airways to seek rescue from bankruptcy court’

Flag carrier Thai Airways International Public Co. Ltd., still reeling from a series of net losses for three consecutive years, is now filing a restructuring plan before the bankruptcy court. Following a cabinet meeting on Tuesday, Thai Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha said that the state-owned...

ASEAN to focus on virus outbreak; set aside visa talks ‘for now’

Members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) are not yet keen on bringing to the table any talks about visa exemptions and visa waivers. Representatives of the 10-member organization on Wednesday, April 27, approved in principle the Joint Statement of ASEAN Tourism Ministers...

Myanmar frees 25,000 prisoners

Myanmar is set to free nearly 25,000 prisoners this year as the country marks its traditional New Year, the president’s office announced on Friday. This would mark Myanmar’s largest mass pardon in recent years, as compared with the 23,000 prisoners freed last year, and the...

AirAsia Group retains workforce despite low travel demand

Malaysian carrier AirAsia Group Bhd was poised to retain all its employees in the wake of the global coronavirus outbreak that has severely damaged the tourism and travel industry. AirAsia Group’s chief executive officer Tony Fernandes, in an open letter to its customers late Saturday,...

Philippine economy to slow to 2% — ADB

The growth of the Philippine economy is likely to be sharply tempered this year, weighed by the effects of the enhanced community quarantine to curb the coronavirus outbreak. The Asian Development Bank, in its annual flagship economic publication Asian Development Outlook 2020, said it projects...

Southeast Asia virus cases rise further

The spread of coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) showed no signs of stopping as new confirmed cases were reported globally. Indonesia on Monday recorded its first two confirmed cases from a 64-year old woman and her 31-year old daughter who have had direct contact with a...

New US-Philippines defense pact ‘in the works’

The United States and the Philippines are crafting a new defense pact that could replace the Visiting Forces Agreement (VFA) that was proposed for withdrawal late last year. Philippine Ambassador to the US Jose Manuel Romualdez told a forum by Stratbase ADR Institute on Friday...

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...

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Thai Airways poised to get go-signal for rehabilitation plan

Flag carrier Thai Airways International Pte. Ltd. was confident that it will secure the nod of the bankruptcy court for its request to restructure...

Vietnam back on high alert as new virus case confirmed

Vietnam was back on a high alert status over the coronavirus disease, three months after reporting zero local transmission. This came after a 57-year-old man...

Thailand sets sights on medical tourism after combating COVID

One month after reporting zero virus transmission, the province of Phuket in Thailand is now opening its doors to the “new normal” by investing...