Latest News for Philippine Defense

Duterte opens 31st ASEAN Summit and Related Meetings

President Rodrigo Duterte on Monday formally opened the 31st Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Summit and Related Summits with regional and international security topping the main agenda.

In his speech, the President said extremism and other non-traditional security issues have no boundaries and put a dent on growth and disrupt the stability of global and regional commerce.

“These and other issues are high on the agenda of our meetings along with the other non-traditional security issues that challenge the prosperity of our economies, the integrity of our institutions, and more importantly, the safety of our people,” he added.

Duterte said ASEAN member states have agreed to adopt a landmark document on the protection and promotion of rights of migrant workers. He said other deliverables that will see the fruition included issues concerning health, women and the youth, terrorism, radicalization, trafficking, poverty alleviation, food security,  coastal and marine environment, and the pursuit of innovation for economies.

The President likewise thanked ASEAN countries and dialogue partners for helping the communities affected by the Marawi crisis.

“Our ASEAN brothers provided support by sending relief items for the benefit of the internally displaced persons while others provided valuable assistance and bolstered our military campaign,” he added.

During the ASEAN Summit Plenary,  Duterte cited the efforts and the work of the sectorial bodies and organs of the Association to fully and effectively implement the ASEAN Political Security Community, ASEAN Economic Community, and the ASEAN Socio-Cultural Community Blueprints for 2025.

“Today, we continue our discussions on how to further consolidate our efforts and our shared aspirations toward an ASEAN Community that is truly rules-based, people-oriented, and people-centered,” he said.

“Moving forward to ensure the ASEAN’s viability, a new set of three C’s — community, centrality, and connectivity — will define the work and effort needed to ensure the success of our community-building process and our interaction with external partners,” he added. #