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
Trump responds to suspected London attack
U.S. President Donald Trump responded to the attack in London on Tuesday morning (August 14) tweeting “These animals are crazy and must be dealt with through toughness and strength!”.
British police said they believe a man deliberately drove a car into pedestrians and cyclists on Tuesday before ramming it into barriers outside London’s parliament in what appeared to be the second terrorist attack on the building in just under 18 months.
Three people were injured after the vehicle was driven through a group of cyclists and pedestrians during the early morning rush hour before smashing into a protective barrier on a lane used for accessing parliament.
The driver, a man in his 20s, was arrested by armed officers at the scene moments later. — Reuters
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
Chicago mayor calls out ‘shortage of values’ as city copes with gun violence
Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel. REUTERS/Jim Young/File photo
After a weekend marked by gun violence, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel said, “there was a shortage of values” as he called on people who knew the shooters to report them.
“Don’t think for a moment people don’t know who in the neighborhood” was responsible, Emanuel said at a news conference on Monday (August 6), adding that people “have a moral responsibility to speak up.”
A violent weekend in Chicago left 12 people dead and dozens more wounded, police said.
Local media reported that 66 people were shot from 6 p.m. on Friday to midnight on Sunday and 12 of those victims died.
Police said most of the shootings are connected to gang violence in the city of about 2.7 million people, the third-largest in the United States. — Reuters