President’s Duterte’s “War on Drugs”

President’s Duterte’s recent instruction for the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) to assist the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) in the implementation of his “War on Drugs” campaign does not violate the constitution or any legal statute in the Philippines. Unlike in the US, the Philippines does not have a Posse Comitatus Act. Although…

Meet the new President of the Philippines

On Monday May 9, some 55 million Filipinos will vote to elect their new president, vice-president, senators, and some 18,000 local officials. With a double digit lead over his closest rival, the anti-establishment and defiantly unrefined mayor of Davao City, Rodrigo “Digong” Duterte’s election as the 16th President of the Philippines appears imminent. The business…

Cambodia’s trade union law: Manufacturers take note

The Government of Cambodia is pushing to complete the trade union law—the Law on Unions of Enterprises—in the coming weeks. The law has been in the works since 2011 and has undergone numerous revisions. The current draft contains 90 articles and stipulates that new unions must include at least 20 percent of a workplace’s employees…

Indonesia’s political forecast: Cloudy

Just read a really good, really comprehensive article on last week’s PDI-P party congress, entitled, What We’ve Got Here is a Failure to Communicate. Its conclusion says it all, but I certainly suggest reading the entire piece. In short, President Jokowi received a very chilly reception and was publicly reminded by the party’s chief patron and…

Thailand Update: Debate Continues, Uncertainty Looms

Protests Resume, Parliament Dissolved, Elections Scheduled It’s been a busy few weeks in Thailand. Since Tristan Thibodeaux’s December 7th post, opposition MPs have resigned en masse, protesters returned to the streets and Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra dissolved the lower house of Parliament and called for elections on February 2nd, a move later endorsed by King Bhumibol…

Thailand: The Way Ahead

Background and the Current Political Situation in Thailand Thailand has been the subject of international attention since protests engulfed the capital of Bangkok in early November. The protests originally targeted an ill-conceived amnesty bill pushed through the lower House of Parliament meant to grant protection from prosecution to all those involved in the political upheavals…