FILE PHOTO: President Rodrigo Roa Duterte disembarks from a Philippine Airlines chartered flight. (PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO)
President Rodrigo Duterte arrived in Bali, Indonesia Wednesday (October 10) night to attend the ASEAN Leaders’ Gathering upon the invitation of Indonesian President Joko Widodo.
The ASEAN Leaders’ Gathering is a special meeting of ASEAN member states including multilateral and international organizations.
President Duterte was accompanied by some of his Cabinet members namely, Foreign Affairs Secretary Alan Cayetano, Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez, Budget Secretary Benjamin Diokno, Socio-Economic Planning Secretary Ernesto Pernia, Presidential Communications Secretary Martin Andanar and Special Assistant to the President Bong Go.
The President is set to deliver a speech at the said event to underscore the importance of strong regional and global cooperation and maintaining security and stability in order to achieve sustainable development goals.
He will be meeting with other ASEAN leaders on the sidelines of the event to discuss bilateral issues.
Duterte is also expected meet with President Widodo to talk about strengthening trade and investment and fighting terrorism through maritime defense and security.
Meanwhile, the Philippines has extended humanitarian assistance to Indonesia after the region’s Sulawesi Island was hit by an earthquake and Tsunami.
“I learned that our C-130 plane has flown out of the Philippines to bring all assistance to Palu. We are also placed to give USD300,000 for humanitarian assistance; and part of what we are donating are generators, waters and medical kits as the need arises,” said Philippine Ambassador to Indonesia Leehiong Wee.
The President is due to return home on Thursday (October 11) night after the conclusion of the ASEAN Leaders’ Gathering. – Rosalie Coz