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
Chinese President Xi Jinping to visit PH in November
FILE PHOTO: (Left-Right) Philippine Pres. Rodrigo Duterte and China Pres. Xi Jinping (PCOO)
MANILA, Philippines — Chinese President Xi Jinping’s expected visit to the Philippines by year-end is the latest sign of improving relations between the two countries.
Malacañang said that President Xi’s visit will take place after the APEC Summit in Papua New Guinea in November.
But prior to his visit, a deal on the proposed joint exploration in the West Philippine Sea may possibly be forged.
This is after Foreign Affairs Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano confirmed that President Rodrigo Duterte has approved the creation of a group that will study the proposal.
The Palace also expects Xi to visit Davao City, the home town of President Duterte.
“He was looking forward to visiting the Philippines and I remember in China, the President even invited him not just to come to the Philippines but to come to his house and have dinner in his house in Davao,” Roque said. — UNTV News & Rescue
SC Justice Samuel Martires is new Ombudsman
(L-R) President Rodrigo Duterte and Supreme Court Associate Justice Samuel Martires (RTVM)
President Rodrigo Duterte has appointed Supreme Court Associate Justice Samuel Martires as the new ombudsman.
His marching order to Martires is to do what is right.
Martires, who is a former Sandiganbayan associate justice, is the first Supreme Court appointee of Pres. Duterte.
Martires replaced retired Ombudsman Conchita Carpio-Morales. — UNTV New Media
Duterte submits proposed P3.757 trillion 2019 budget to Congress
President Rodrigo Roa Duterte delivers his third State of the Nation Address (SONA) at the Joint Session of the 17th Congress at the Session Hall of the House of Representatives Complex in Constitution Hills, Quezon City on July 23, 2018. (Image courtesy of PCOO/KARL NORMAN ALONZO)
President Rodrigo Duterte submitted to Congress on Monday, July 23, the proposed national budget for 2019.
The budget which totals P3.757 trillion is the first cash-based budget proposal of the Duterte administration to Congress.
Government spending on infrastructure and human resource investments is also set to increase next year.
Malacañang is confident that Congress will pass the 2019 General Appropriations Acts on time.
“This is a test for the new House Speaker. Nonetheless we are confident that because this budget is intended to implement Build, Build, Build, which means more projects for congressmen and legislators as well, that it would be passed on time,” said Presidential Spokesperson Secretary Harry Roque. — UNTV News & Rescue