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Environment and security are among the topics in East Asia Summit

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

Leaders from the Association of Southeast Asia Nations (ASEAN) chaired by President Rodrigo Roa Duterte along with the leaders of the dialogue partner countries do the ASEAN handshake as they pose for a photo prior to the start of 12th East Asia Summit at the Philippine International Convention Center on November 14, 2017. ACE MORANDANTE/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

MANILA, Philippines – One of the major event together with the ASEAN summit is the East Asia Summit that composes of 18 countries including Russia and United States.

The main topics for the meeting today among others include the review and future direction of the EAS, cooperation exchange of views on regional and international issues.

Duterte also pointed out that the terrorism recognizes no authority and has no boundary.

So, it is important to formulate mechanism to fight it.

“This East Asia Summit with ASEAN at the helm is a mechanism by which strategic dialogues in the evolving regional security architecture takes place,” President Duterte said.

Cooperation established at the highest level will impact our pursuit of maintaining peace, security and prosperity of our regions.”

Meanwhile, President Donald Trump skipped the event but it read a statement before leaving at his scheduled flight. –  Rey Pelayo | 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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