By Kristine Angeli Sabillo
Malacanang on Sunday announced that it allocated P24 million for President Benigno Aquino III’s attendance to conferences organized by the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (Apec) and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) from November 10 to 13.
A growing sense of desperation is fueling a mass exodus of Rohingya Muslims from western Myanmar, with at least 8,000 members of the long-persecuted minority fleeing by boat in the last two weeks, according to residents and a leading expert.
Thai authorities on Saturday arrested 53 Rohingya migrants and two suspected Thai traffickers en route to neighboring Malaysia, an official said.
Myanmar pardoned and began freeing 3,073 prisoners Tuesday in an amnesty that virtually excluded political prisoners despite a presidential pledge to free all such detainees by year’s end.
The first Myanmar national to win an international pageant has been stripped of her title for being rude and dishonest, and has allegedly run off with the expensive crown and breast implants.