United States (US) President Donald Trump has invited President Rodrigo Duterte and nine other leaders of the Association of Southeast Asian Nation (ASEAN) for the US-ASEAN Summit in March.
Trump previously invited the ASEAN leaders on November 1, 2019 and reiterated his invitation on January 9, 2020.
“This will provide an excellent opportunity for us to broaden and deepen our cooperation on matters of great importance to the nearly one billion people in the United States and ASEAN nations that we have the privilege to represent,” Trump said in his invitation.
However, Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo said there is still no official response on whether President Duterte will accept the invitation of the US president.—AAC
President Rodrigo Duterte has ordered the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) to provide aid to repatriated Filipinos amid the tension between the United States and Iran.
DILG Secretary Eduardo Año said he already directed the local government units to assist returning Overseas Filipino Workers (OFW).
“I am directing all the local government units the local chief executives to provide assistance and accommodate our returning OFWs. They are displaced, untimely ang pag-uwi nila, so dapat, tulungan natin sila (their return is untimely so they should be assisted),” he said.
Año assured that they will provide all kinds of assistance to repatriated Filipinos.
“Of course, the President gave a word na even if financial ay magbibigay siya, (that he will also provide financial assistance)” he added.
The DILG official also assured that they will respect the decision of Filipinos who would choose to stay in the Middle East.
“Especially kung Iranian or Iraqi citizens iyong kanilang mga spouses, so we have to respect kung anong gusto nila (Especially if their spouses are Iranian or Iraqi citizens so we have to respect their decisions) But, we have to make sure they are also safe,” he said.—AAC (with reports from Harlene Delgado)
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