DFA clarifies President Duterte’s absence in the ASEAN-UN Summit
by UNTV NEWS | Posted on Wednesday, November 15th, 2017
FILE PHOTO: President Rodrigo Roa Duterte shares a light moment with Malaysia Prime Minister Rajib Nazak Brunei Darussalam Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah, Indonesia President Joko Widodo, and Cambodia Prime Minister Hun Sen prior to the start of the 31st Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Summit Plenary at the Philippine International Convention Center in Pasay City on November 13, 2017. KING RODRIGUEZ/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO
MANILA, Philippines – President Rodrigo Duterte was not able to preside the ASEAN-United Nations Summit because of bilateral meetings.
The summit was scheduled at 8:15 Monday night but because schedule of events was hours late, the ASEAN-UN Summit started past 11 in the evening coinciding with the bilateral meetings of the chief executive.
The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) acting spokesperson Robespierre Bolivar said President Duterte had a series of bilateral meetings with other chief executives of Japan, Republic of Korea, India and Russia.
Bolivar said it was decided that Foreign Affairs Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano would represent the President in the ASEAN-UN Summit.
This was also the explanation of Presidential Spokesperson Secretary Harry Roque.
Meanwhile, a US-Philippines joint statement released by the Department of Foreign Affairs after the bilateral meeting of President Duterte and US President Donald Trump mentioned that both leaders condemn the unlawful nuclear weapons and missile development of North Korea.
Both sides also underscored that human rights and the dignity of human life are essential and to continue mainstreaming the human rights agenda in their national programs.
Meanwhile, President Duterte and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe witnessed the exchange of notes between the Philippine and Japanese agencies on the Metro Manila Subway Project, Arterial Road Bypass Project Phase 3 and other agreements on economic and social development program
President Duterte also met with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The two leaders want to enhance the bilateral cooperation on trade, business, and culture.
President Duterte also invited Prime Minister Modi to encourage Indian investors to invest in cheap but effective medicines in the Philippines.
Meanwhile, President Duterte thanked South Korea President Moon Jae-in because of South Korea’s support to Philippines products such as personal care products, seafoods, clothing, chemical and electronic products
He also convinced South Korea to invest in the Philippines in the sector of manufacturing, automotive, food production, processing, agribusiness, electronics and energy. – Rosalie Coz | UNTV News & Rescue
by UNTV News | Posted on Thursday, November 8th, 2018
FILE PHOTO: (L-R) President Rodrigo Duterte and Chinese President Xi Jinping | PCOO
MANILA, Philippines — President Rodrigo Duterte is set to meet with his Chinese counterpart, Xi Jinping when the latter visits the country this month.
According to Foreign Affairs Secretary Teddy Locsin, the two leaders will discuss the Philippines’ participation in China’s Belt and Road Initiative and a memorandum of understanding will be signed during Xi’s visit.
Locsin added in a message that this is Xi’s priority because the Philippines is the only ASEAN country that has yet to join the initiative aimed at linking Southeast Asia and South Pacific through massive infrastructure projects with multi-billion dollar fund earmarked by the Asian power.
The Chinese president is expected to visit the country this month after the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) leaders’ meeting in Papua New Guinea.
The DFA secretary, meanwhile, denied earlier reports that a deal on joint oil and energy exploration in disputed territories in the West Philippine Sea will be signed between the Philippines and China during Xi’s visit.
This is because the proposed deal is still being studied according to Energy Secretary Alfonso Cusi, and the president has yet to approve the bid to explore the Service Contract No. 57 situated west of Calamian Islands in northwest Palawan.
Cusi also clarified that the said area is not included in the hotly contested parts of the West Philippine Sea.
“Service Contract No. 57 and this is an issue of farming-in for a company to be because that service contract is owned by PNOC-EC and then needed the partner to pursue further exploration and exploitation if when the time comes. So they have been looking for partners and one partner that they have shown that interest is the CNOOC. So, for them to farm-in because it has been farming-in is not allowed,” said Department of Energy Secretary Alfonso Cusi.
Both Cusi and Locsin admit they have no idea whether Duterte and Xi will discuss the proposed joint oil exploration deal in the West Philippine Sea during their meeting. — Rosalie Coz | UNTV News & Rescue
by UNTV News | Posted on Thursday, November 8th, 2018
FILE PHOTO: President Rodrigo Duterte | PVI/Cerilo Ebrano
MANILA, Philippines —Malacañang welcomed the entry of Mislatel Consortium as the provisional telecommunications player of the country.
Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo said that the public “have long waited for a reliable, efficient, and inexpensive telecommunications service.”
He said that the strong political will of President Rodrigo Duterte paved the way for the entry of a new major telco player that is expected to provide a genuine competition and effective service for the Filipino people. — UNTV News & Rescue
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