AirAsia #QZ8501 disappearance highlights disturbing aspects of Southeast Asian air travel industry

Less than 24 hours into the disappearance of AirAsia Flight QZ8501 and, already, conspiracy theorists are at work reading into the minutiae of minimal information being released by official sources. That QZ8501 is the third Malaysian aircraft (after Malaysian Airlines MH370 vanished with 239 people in March and, another, MH17 carrying 298 people was shot […]

AirAsia Philippines in spotlight as Sabah insurgency rages

Fledgling entry into budget travel business in the Philippines, AirAsia Philippines is currently feeling the heat as Filipino Tausugs wage a guerrilla war in the Malaysian state of Sabah. This is in the aftermath of the spread of publicity shots depicting its planes transporting Malaysian troops to the battle front in early March. The online […]

Filipinos in Sabah left hanging as PNoy dithers under the weight of conflicts of interest

Thus endeth Malaysia’s foray into Philippine internal affairs concerning Mindanao. “The Malaysian government has Filipino blood in their hands now. We can no longer rely on them to be an independent and objective third party as we pursue peace in Mindanao,” Leyte Rep. Martin Romualdez reportedly said. This was after Malacañang affirmed Malaysia’s continued role […]

The Lucky One: Rico Puno – it pays to be a presidential buddy

It’s good to have friends in high places. At least that is the case in Philippine society. Having very important people backing you can help you get what you want in your career or your business. If one doesn’t have friends in the right places, it would be harder to get things going for one’s […]