Author: Mary Grace Costa


MARY GRACE COSTA WRITES – It’s all fun and games until you’re charged with accessory to murder. A woman allegedly involved in the assassination of Kim Jong-Nam claims that she thought she was carrying out a harmless prank rather than someone’s deadly political agenda. On February 13, local South Korean news reported that Jong-Nam, elder brother to North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un, was assassinated in Kuala Lumpur. Security camera footage of a young woman helped identify the alleged killer as Vietnamese national Doan Thi Huong. Three days later, Malaysian police took Indonesian national, Siti Aisyah, 25, into custody under...

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MARY GRACE COSTA WRITES – South Korea, not known as a world-beater as a foreign investor, has pledged $10 billion in energy and infrastructure investment in Sub-Saharan Africa. The extraordinary pledge came at this year’s Korea-Africa Economic Cooperation (KOAFEC) Ministerial Conference. KOAFEC is the meeting of a consulting group founded jointly by the Korean Ministry of Strategy and Finance and the African Development Bank (AfDB) that aims to promote economic and social development. This year marks the conference’s fifth meeting, held in Seoul from October 24 to 27. Despite lingering memories of foreign encroachment, Africa in recent times has...

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MARY GRACE COSTA WRITES – The Philippines and the United States have enjoyed a decades-long marriage, but there’s trouble brewing in paradise. Many people didn’t take Philippine President Rodrigo “Rody” Roa Duterte seriously when he said he was considering cutting ties with America and cozying up to Russia and China. But those same doubters were left dumbstruck last week when Duterte announced to a crowd in Beijing that it was “time to say goodbye” to the U.S. On October 17, Duterte left Manila for Beijing, where he met with Chinese President Xi Jinping to talk South China Sea, economic...

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MARY GRACE COSTA WRITES – Strong-armed President Rodrigo Duterte might be fresh from victory after the Philippine Senate voted to demote a vocal critic, but on her way out the door Sen. Leila De Lima warned Duterte to not rest on his laurels. On September 19, the Philippine Senate voted Senator Leila De Lima out of her chairmanship of the Justice and Human Rights Committee, accusing her of being “biased.” The prior month, De Lima spearheaded an investigation of the extrajudicial killings of suspected drug users and drug dealers in the southern Philippines city of Davao, a place Duterte served...

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PHILIPPINES: Pacquiao K.O’d for Homophobic Comments

MARY GRACES COSTA WRITES – No, Manny, gay people aren’t “worse than animals,” but you might be. “People’s Champion” Manny Pacquiao has boxed himself into a corner with homophobic comments made to Filipino television network TV5. And the Eight Division world boxing champ’s loose lips may have cost him a lucrative Nike contract and the people’s favor. TV5 assembled senatorial candidates for an interview, and asked Pacquiao about his views on same-sex marriage. The boxer maintained that heterosexuality was “common sense,” and that if even animals “recognize gender differences” then gay people were “worse than animals.” Global reaction came quicker than a ten-count,...

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ASIA MEDIA INTERNATIONAL is a student-driven publication of Loyola Marymount University’s Asia Media Center – a vital part of LMU’s Department of Asian and Asian American Studies (AAAS), in an alliance with the university's award-winning Dept.of Political Science, and with the internationally influential Pacific Century Institute.

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