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...

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...

Singapore rejects migrants amid coronavirus panic 

Singapore’s Ministry of Manpower (MOM) has rejected approximately 500 applications a day for work-pass holders with a travel history in China in measures to...

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...

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...

Cambodia welcomes Westerdam at its port in shrewd realpolitik move

After being rejected by five other countries, Holland America Line vessel the ‘Westerdam’ has finally docked in Cambodia yesterday (Feb 14). The 2,257 passengers and...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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Philippines transitions to online schooling amid coronavirus

The upcoming school year in the Philippines will push through as planned but the government was still not keen on allowing face-to-face classes. The Office...

Thailand rejects cash aid proposal for civil servants

Thailand’s Ministry of Finance has junked a proposal to offer cash aid to 91,000 farming civil servants for supplementary income, arguing that they are...

Singapore to reopen economy next month

Singapore is officially opening up its economy next month, albeit such a plan will be done so in phases, according to the multi-ministry task...