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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.

AirAsia CEO Tony Fernandes steps aside

Businessman Tony Fernandes is stepping aside from his post as the chief executive officer of low-cost carrier AirAsia Group amid an ongoing probe over an alleged bribery. In a statement late on Monday, AirAsia Group said that Fernandes and the company’s executive chairman, Kamarudin Meranun,...

AirAsia Group faces probe over alleged corruption

Low-cost airline operator AirAsia Group Berhad is facing a regulatory probe over an alleged bribery from aircraft manufacturer Airbus. The Securities Commission Malaysia said on Sunday that it will investigate AirAsia Group and AirAsia X Bhd following news linked to the two firms that Airbus...

Indonesia prepares repatriation of trapped citizens in Hubei

The Indonesian government is set to repatriate its citizens trapped in China after it sought the evacuation approval of the virus-hit country. Foreign Minister Retno LP Marsudi told the Indonesian media on Thursday that the country is now ready to repatriate 243 Indonesian citizens—some of...

Philippines approves worth P548-billion infra projects

Eight infrastructure projects amounting to P548 billion ($10.75 billion) have hurdled the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) in the Philippines. In a statement, Socioeconomic Planning Secretary Ernesto Pernia identified two of the projects as the Metro Rail Transit (MRT)-4, the Epifanio Delos Santos Ave....

Southeast Asian countries rescue constituents in Wuhan

Southeast Asian (SEA) countries are now in touch with their constituents who were trapped in Wuhan, China amid the deadly 2019 novel coronavirus outbreak that has killed dozens. On Monday, Thailand Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha said the kingdom is now in preparations to ferry Thai...

Wuhan tourists denied of Philippine visa

The Philippine government is now denying visa-on-arrival applications from tourists originating from Wuhan, China amid risks posed by the 2019 novel coronavirus. The denial of applications came after the suspension of the Civil Aeronautics Board (CAB) of flights from Wuhan to the Philippines to prevent...

ASEAN-5 growth forecast trimmed as exports slow

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) trimmed its growth forecast for five members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) members amid their continued weakening export figures. In its World Economic Outlook January 2020 published on Monday, the IMF said it now projects the ASEAN-5’s...

Motorcycle taxis banned in the Philippines

Motorcycles that are being used for public transportation in the Philippines will be deemed illegal beginning next week amid the looming end of a pilot run. Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) board member Antonio Gandiola Jr. said in an interview with the Philippine...

Bank of Thailand keeps rates steady but lowers growth forecast

Thailand’s central bank left its policy rates unchanged, to stay still at the lowest level on Wednesday, but lowered growth forecasts for the year amid the stronger currency and increased external risks. The Bank of Thailand (BoT) unanimously voted to keep the one-day repurchase rate...

‘Philippine water woes to dampen growth next year’

Growth of the Philippine economy is likely hindered by the shortage of water in the summer season, the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) said. At a year-end briefing at the NEDA headquarters in Manila on Wednesday, Socioeconomic Planning Secretary Ernesto Pernia said the lack...

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