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Duterte meets with EU’s Tusk; emphasizes on the importance of ASEAN-EU partnership

by UNTV NEWS   |   Posted on Wednesday, November 15th, 2017

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte and European Council President Donald Tusk join the traditional Association of Southeast Asia Nations (ASEAN) handshake prior to the start of the ASEAN-European Union (EU) 40th Anniversary Commemorative Summit at the Philippine International Convention Center on November 14, 2017. REY BANIQUET/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

MANILA, Philippines – President Rodrigo Duterte warmly welcomes European Council President Donald Tusk during the ASEAN-EU 40th Commemorative Summit.

In their opening statements, the two leaders emphasized on the importance of ASEAN-EU partnership and the need to elevate the said partnerships.

President Duterte said EU plays a vital role in ASEAN’s external relations being a partner in community building with a ASEAN as the regional economic bloc.

“The EU occupies a special place in the ASEAN’s external relations as it is a natural partner of ASEAN’s community building and integration. The ASEAN-EU dialogue of 10 plus 28 members is ASEAN’s largest and only region-to-region full dialogue partnerships,” President Duterte said.

According to EU Council President Donald Tusk, it is the priority of the EU to intensify its relationship with ASEAN based on human rights and rule of law.

“We remain committed to a strong and cohesive ASEAN developing in its own character, in the best interest of regional prosperity, stability and security. Further enhancing our relations based on common interests and shared values of democracy, human rights, and rule of law is a priority for the EU,” President Donald Tush said.

He also said ASEAN and EU shared the same interests and challenges including combatting security threats such as terrorism and transitional crimes.

EU is also committed to enhance the its trade deal with the ASEAN member states.

“The bilateral trade agreement between the European Union and Singapore, Vietnam, Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, and Thailand, will be the stepping stones towards a future region-to-region trade agreement that can set a new standard for global trade,” President Tusk added.  – Rosalie Coz | UNTV News and Rescue

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Locsin: PH, China to discuss ‘Belt and Road Initiative’ during Xi’s visit

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

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Duterte to invite China’s Xi to his Davao home

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Thursday, November 8th, 2018


FILE PHOTO: (L-R) President Rodrigo Duterte and Chinese President Xi Jinping | PCOO

MANILA, Philippines — Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo confirmed that President Rodrigo Duterte will invite Chinese President Xi Jinping to his home in Davao City.

The top Chinese official is set to visit the country this month after the APEC Summit in Papua New Guinea.

Duterte has previously brought Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to his home when the official visited the country in January 2017.

This will be the first visit of the Chinese president to the country under the term of President Duterte. — UNTV News & Rescue

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Duterte’s strong political will paved the way for third telco’s entry – Palace

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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