Obama urges shared vision among ASEAN countries in resolving territorial disputes

admin   •   February 17, 2016   •   1714

 President Benigno S. Aquino III was welcomed by President of the United States Barack Obama at Sunnylands, California for the ASEAN-U.S. Leaders' Summit. (Malacañang Photo Bureau)

President Benigno S. Aquino III was welcomed by President of the United States Barack Obama at Sunnylands, California for the ASEAN-U.S. Leaders’ Summit. (Malacañang Photo Bureau)

CALIFORNIA, United States of America — US President Barack Obama and leaders of the ASEAN member countries will be discussing issues including the maritime dispute in the West Philippine Sea.

This year is the first time the ASEAN-US Summit is hosted by the United States which signifies the close alliance between the US and the ASEAN member states.

President Benigno Aquino III is among the attendees at the Association of Southeast Asian Nations and the US summit being held in Sunnylands, Rancho Mirage, Southern California.

This is the last attendance of Pres. Aquino in the ASEAN-US summit before stepping down from office this year.

First in the agenda is the promotion of an innovative, entrepreneurial ASEAN economic community.

First to deliver his speech was US President Barack Obama who expressed his intention to return the gesture and hospitality that the ASEAN nations have given him during his visits.

Obama emphasized that the ASEAN is the fourth among the trading partners of the United States.

“This reflects my personal commitment, and the national commitment of the United States, to a strong and enduring partnership with your 10 nations.”

He stressed that the ASEAN-US summit is the proper venue to push a common goal towards a peaceful ASEAN region.

He added that the ASEAN nations should have a shared vision of rules and norms for resolving territorial disputes among countries.

“Here at the summit, we can reaffirm that strong, prosperous and inclusive societies require good governance, rule of law, accountable institutions, vibrant civil societies and upholding human rights.”

Obama also said that the support of all ASEAN nations is highly necessary to protect the rights of the people in the ASEAN region.

On the second day, leaders are expected to discuss the issues in line with protecting peace, prosperity, and security in the Asia-Pacific which will be followed by an official family photo of the ASEAN leaders together with Mr. Obama.

President Aquino will also meet with business leaders and corporate giants in Los Angeles. He is also scheduled to speak with the Filipino communities before going back to the Philippines. (CHRISTIE ROSACIA / UNTV News)

PSC recommends to postpone 2020 ASEAN Paragames due to nCoV threat

Aileen Cerrudo   •   February 6, 2020

The Philippine Sports Commission (PSC) has announced that they will recommend the postponement of the 2020 Association of Southeast Nations (ASEAN) Paragames due to the novel coronavirus threat.

“The PSC has recommended to postpone the 11-nation, multi-sport event in consideration of the novel coronavirus acute respiratory disease (nCoV-ARD) medical issue,” the statement reads.

The sports agency said they will leave the decision to the Philippine Paralympic Committee (PPC) which would also need to consult with the ASEAN Paralympic Sports Federation (APSF).

The Paragames was originally scheduled in January but was moved to March.

Meanwhile, the PSC also announced the postponement of PSC-managed events such as the National Sports Summit 2020, Philippine National Games, Children’s Games, and other activities.—AAC

Duterte turns down Trump invite to attend US-ASEAN meet

Robie de Guzman   •   January 24, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – President Rodrigo Duterte said he has decided to reject the invitation of United States President Donald Trump to attend the US-Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) summit to be held in Las Vegas this March.

Duterte announced his decision during an interview with Russian International Television Network RT.

“I just received an invitation to go to the United States together with the ASEAN leaders. I haven’t been to the States. I was invited by [former US President Barack] Obama a while back. But I did not go,” he said in a video posted on Thursday.

When asked if he will attend the upcoming summit between the US and ASEAN, Duterte replied with: “No, no.”

During the interview, the president recalled the time when Obama criticized him and his campaign against illegal drugs.

“One time when I was being criticized by Obama in a press conference, he should have realized that I’m also the head of a sovereign state. He should have criticized me in the proper venue,” he said, referring to a September 2016 press conference where Obama urged Duterte to conduct his campaign “the right way.”

The president said Obama’s move to castigate him in a press briefing got him “so mad” and prompted him to curse the former president.

Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo earlier said that the chief executive is “still pondering” on whether he would accept Trump’s invitation as he is mindful of the possibility of getting barred from entering the US since he doesn’t have a visa, and making some American senators “unhappy” seeing him there. – RRD (with details from Correspondent Rosalie Coz)

Duterte to attend ASEAN-South Korean Commemorative Summit for 2nd time

Maris Federez   •   November 22, 2019

MANILA, Philippines – President Rodrigo Roa Duterte will be visiting South Korea for the second time this weekend.

The chief executive will go to Busan, South Korea with other heads of states of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) member states for the ASEAN-Republic of Korea Commemorative Summit from November 25 to 27.

This is in celebration of the 30th anniversary of the ASEAN-Korea Dialogue Relations which was founded in 1989.

The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) Office of ASEAN Affairs Asec. Junever Mahilum-West said they expect two sessions to take place during the summit wherein the relations between ASEAN and the Republic of Korea will be discussed alongside other big issues that the region is facing, such as the tension in the Korean Peninsula.

“In Busan, two outcome documents are expected in the forthcoming ASEAN-ROK Summit and other side events. And these documents are the ASEAN-ROK Joint Vision Statement for Peace, Prosperity, and Partnership and the Co-Chairs’ Statement on the ASEAN-Republic of Korea Commemorative Summit and these two represent the strong partnership between the ASEAN and ROK,” said Mahilum-West said.

Aside from this, they expect to have a bilateral meeting between President Duterte and South Korean President Moon Jae-in in the sidelines of the commemorative summit wherein several agreements in the education, tourism, social security, and fishing are expected to get signed.

“We cannot divulge yet what will happen in the meeting. But we expect some agreements to be signed on certain areas of cooperation,” the official added.

On Tuesday (November 19), President Duterte mentioned that the country will purchase military equipment from South Korea.  

“Itong Seoul is a vital partner natin. Alam mo kasi ang mga armas ngayon mahal, but we can always buy. Our jet planes, ‘yung FA-50 natin galing ano ‘yun. Now, we are buying Corvettes. How do you pronounce it? Corvette or corvey, or whatever. And buy the arms, I will look into the — para hindi ako mag-asa lang sa assessment,” the President said. (from the report of Rosalie Coz) /mbmf

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