MANILA, Philippines — The Department of foreign affairs (DFA) considers the Association of Southeast Asian (ASEAN) leader’s summit as the biggest meeting to be hosted by the Philippines, this year’s ASEAN chairman.
The summit will run from the 13th to the 15th of November.
According to the DFA, one of the topics that would be discussed in the meeting is the creation of a code of conduct in the West Philippine Sea to the east the tension among the countries claiming sovereignty over the said body of water.
“Of course when there is tension, our fishermen are also affected. When the tension is too high, we could not talk well. We could not cooperate well on the matters that we should address,” said the DFA spokesperson.
Malacañang also confirmed that United States President Donald Trump will also attend the meeting.
The prime ministers of Japan, Australia, and Canada will also attend as well as the foreign minister of China.
United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres is also expected to participate in the summit to discuss the role of the regional bloc in the global fight against terrorism.
The Philippine National Police (PNP) continues to prepare for the meeting in November.
About 9,000 policemen are to be deployed in metro manila and other areas across Luzon.
The biggest number of cops will be assigned to the civil disturbance management unit as to prepare for possible protests.
“We expect some protesters here although we are not expecting many but we have monitored that some groups want to hold a protest,” said NCRPO chief PDir. Oscar Albayalde.
Authorities will also monitor the Clark City in Pampanga as the delegates are expected to land there.
The world leaders who will attend the summit are expected to start arriving in the Philippines on the eight of November.
Authorities will also conduct a series of dry runs on areas the convoy of delegates will pass through like SCTEX, NLEX, EDSA and Roxas Boulevard.
They will also implement a stop and go scheme every time a delegate will pass by.
The public is advised to expect more convoy dry runs in the coming days. — Rajel Adora | UNTV News & Rescue