Of the 1,084 Filipinos now trapped in Syria, five are from Northern Mindanao. A migrant workers’ welfare official here, however, claimed they are on top of the situation.
AN OLD BUILDING in Rangoon houses the Burmese government’s Press Scrutiny and Registration Division (PSRD). It used to be headquarters of the Kempeitai, Imperial Japan’s military police, when the country was occupied in World War 2.
HANDING OUT A NEWSLETTER of the Union Democratic Party (UDP), then chairman U Phyo Min Thein said the Burmese people “have enough of uprisings for now… and should instead try to do our best within the space we are given.”
Accounting for a fifth of the country’s expanse, it is here that Burma shares a border with Laos and some border stretches with China and Thailand.
OTHER than allowing the military a more active involvement in government, Burma’s 2008 “democratic” Constitution is also feared to give the junta clean exit from accountability over alleged human rights violations.
Amending 95 specific provisions of Burma’s charter requires the nod of 499 of 664 members of its legislative body, the Pyidaungsu Hluttaw, and a national referendum.
Political Transition in Burma. This special report examines the unfolding political events and prospects for change in Southeast Asia’s second largest country which has been ruled by one of the world’s most repressive military regimes. The author interviewed sources inside Rangoon and near the border of Thailand and Burma.
“Tibet will be free!” Thus, declared Tibetans with a firm resolve to free their nation from China’s military strangle-hold this time.
The reportage of the Bangsamoro problem has been quantitatively sufficient but quality remains a challenge even within the Philippine media in spite of its years of covering the long-drawn-out issue.