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PHL prepares to welcome 9 other ASEAN leaders in the 30th ASEAN Summit

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Thursday, April 20th, 2017

MANILA, Philippines — The government is busy preparing for the 30th ASEAN Summit and related meetings in the Philippines from April 26 to 29.

The other nine leaders from member countries of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) will attend this event.

Chief of Presidential Protocol and Director General for operations ASEAN NOC Ambassador Marciano Paynor said, “On 29th April which is the actual summit, we will have all 10 leaders meeting up at the Philippine International Convention Center (PICC) and we’ll have a retreat at the Coconut Palace. They will return to PICC for the rest of the meetings. And this will be culminated by a gala dinner hosted by the President.”

Coinciding with the ASEAN Summit are the state visits of Indonesian President Joko Widodo and Brunei Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah to the country.

Ambassador Paynor said the government’s preparation for ASEAN Summit 2017 is much shorter than the APEC Summit in 2015.

Factors which may have affected this are the turnover of the administration and the complicated process under the procurement laws.

However, the official assures that they are beefing up the security measures.

Ambassador Paynor reasoned, “Because of this most recent incident, we are beefing up our security elements.”

President Duterte will be busy next week since he will be hosting for the first time an international engagement.

The event is significant since aside from the Philippines chairmanship, ASEAN will also be celebrating its 50th anniversary.

Amb. Paynor added, “Now that he is hosting, he did say, ‘Oh, hindi lang pala ganoon kadali.’ [ Oh, it’s was really that easy.] So, we are running him through what he needs to do from 10 — in fact, from 9:30 in the morning all the way up to the finish the following day in Davao.”

Meanwhile, Ambassador Paynor confirmed that United States President Donald Trump will be visiting the Philippines in November 2017 for the ASEAN meeting.

“When President Duterte called him up to congratulate him [Trump], had already indicated that he was coming in November. So, at least verbally, he said he is coming,” the official said. — Rosalie Coz, UNTV News & Rescue

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Singapore to promote “smart cities” in 32nd ASEAN Summit

by UNTV News and Rescue   |   Posted on Wednesday, April 25th, 2018

Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong

 

SINGAPORE – Regional leaders will gather beginning tomorrow until April 28 for the 32nd Association of Southeast Asian Nation (ASEAN) Summit chaired this year by Singapore .

The nine other heads of member states, including Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte, are expected to arrive today for the three-day Summit.

As this year’s chairman, Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong is keen on promoting the network of “smart cities” across ASEAN and also to boost cyber security in the region on which all members are expected to agree.

Tomorrow, April 26, representatives of the 10 member states will gather for the 16th ASEAN Economic Community Council Meeting to be led by Singapore Minister for Trade and Industry Lim Hng Kiang.

Meanwhile, Philippine Ambassador to Singapore Joseph Del Mar Yap is proud of the strong relationship between the Philippines and Singapore, the latter being the former’s biggest trading partner among other regional members.

“Singapore is actually the biggest source of investment for the Philippines in terms of the ASEAN region so we receive the most amount of investment from them and most of these investments are in fact done through joint ventures,” Ambassador Del Mar said.

Del Mar added that the joint venture between the Philippines and Singaporean companies is “a result of working closely together” as both sides are learning from each other in terms of trade and business.

In line with the Summit, Singapore’s Ministry of Home Affairs has declared the Summit venues “The Istana” and the Shangri-La Hotel as “special zones” where enhanced security measures are being imposed, as stated under Public Order Act.

The Istana estate is the official residence of the President of Singapore and also the working office of the Prime Minister. – Maila Guevarra/Marje Pelayo | UNTV News & Rescue

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Trump, Macron’s awkward French connection amid differences

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Wednesday, April 25th, 2018

United States President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump welcome French President Emmanuel Macron and his wife Brigitte for a State Dinner at the White House in Washington, U.S., April 24, 2018. Reuters/Brian Snyder

From spontaneous grooming to effusive praise, US President Donald Trump’s fondness for French President Emmanuel Macron was on full display on Tuesday.

As they posed for a photo opportunity, Trump leaned over and brushed something from the French leader’s shoulder.

After that press availability, he also grabbed the French leader’s hand and guided him toward the oval office.

Later in the day, Macron repeatedly reached out to Trump and patted his arm while he discussed his hopes regarding the Iran nuclear deal.

Trump is a hosting a state dinner for Macron Tuesday evening, a high honor not afforded to all visiting leaders. — Reuters

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Palace: Trump’s support on Duterte’s war on drugs, more important vs. reports

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Monday, April 23rd, 2018

MANILA, Philippines — Malacañang has refused to pay attention to the latest report of US State Department that expresses alarm over President Rodrigo Duterte’s “war on drugs”.

Based on the report, the cases of extrajudicial killings are the “chief human rights concern” in the Philippines which shows “a sharp rise with the onset of the anti-drug campaign in 2016”.

But Presidential Spokesperson  Harry Roque said the report directly contradicts US President Donald Trump’s statements which support the anti-drug war.

“Given what we heard from President Trump, let’s just say it exists but we prefer to hold on to the words of President Trump. He is, after all, the president,” Roque said. — UNTV News & Rescue

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