World leaders praised the Philippines on how it hosted the ASEAN Summit

admin   •   November 15, 2017   •   23143


MANILA, Philippines — “We also would like to thank the Philippines also for its chairmanship achievements under each of the three ASEAN pillars including the finalization of a framework on a Code of Conduct of parties in the South China Sea,” said Singaporean Prime Minister Lee Hsein Loong.

Several significant agreements were also signed in the summit, including the ASEAN declaration on the protection and promotion of the rights of migrant workers, which will benefit more than 200,000 Filipinos working in other ASEAN countries.

Also agreed upon was the crafting of the code of conduct in the West Philippine Sea which is expected to assuage the tension in the disputed waters.

In the program, Get It straight with Daniel Razon, PCOO Assistant Secretary Kris Ablan stressed that the country has benefited a lot from the ASEAN Summit.

“ ‘Nakakain ba ang ASEAN?’ Iyan ang tanong sa atin. Hindi nakakain ang ASEAN pero yung produkto ng ASEAN pwedeng makain natin(Can you eat ASEAN? That what they ask us. We cannot eat ASEAN but we can eat the products created by ASEAN),” said Ablan.

“Halimbawa sa larangan ng ekonomiya, pag bumibili tayo ng bagay-bagay sa palengke o sa supermarket, di niyo ba na notice na medyo bumaba na ang presyo ng mga produkto na galing sa ibang ASEAN member states? Malaki ang binaba. Hindi po smuggled yun. Dala po yun ng ASEAN kasi nagkaroon po ng agreement ang sampu, yung free trade natin wala pong papatawan ng tax,” said Ablan.

(Translation: For example, in the field of economics, when you buy goods in the market or supermarket, have you not noticed the decrease in prices of goods that are from ASEAN member states? There is a significant decrease. These are not smuggled goods. It was made possible by the ASEAN through the free trade agreement between the 10 member-states; no taxes will be imposed.)

The cut down on airfare going to and from ASEAN member states is also a result of the summit.

Ablan stressed that, although guaranteed, other benefits from the ASEAN Summit will not be immediately felt.

“Hindi niyo nararamdaman overnight (It will not be realized overnight). It takes time pero (but) the way everything is cheaper now, it is the result of a collaboration such as ASEAN,” said the assistant secretary.

The government spending for the ASEAN Summit has totaled to more than 15 billion pesos.

The Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO), however, clarified that the said fund had not been used only for this week’s gathering of leaders but also since the beginning of the country’s preparations wherein several ASEAN meetings had also taken place. — Victor Cosare | UNTV News & Rescue

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

Duterte to attend ASEAN-ROK summit in South Korea

Aileen Cerrudo   •   November 11, 2019

President Rodrigo Duterte will attend the Association of Southeast Asian Nations-Republic of Korea (ASEAN-ROK) Commemorative Summit in South Korea from November 25 to 27.

Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo confirmed on Sunday (November 10) that the president will be attending the summit in celebration of the 30th anniversary of the dialogue partnership between the regional bloc and South Korea.

“He will push through with the trip,” Panelo said.

President Duterte and South Korean President Moon Jae-In are also expected to have a bilateral meeting to discuss trade and security issues.

The Philippines and South Korea have recently celebrated its 70th bilateral relations.—AAC (with reports from Rosalie Coz)

Malacañang slams blogger’s tweet on Duterte belatedly receiving FIFA jersey

Maris Federez   •   November 3, 2019

MANILA, Philippines – The office of the President on Sunday (November 3) slammed the move of what it called the “rambunctious political opposition”.

A Twitter account purportedly associated with an official of the Aquino administration uploaded a “spliced” video supposedly showing that President Rodrigo Duterte did not receive a football jersey during the signing of a memorandum of understanding between ASEAN and FIFA in Bangkok on November 2.

The MOU signing was part of the Southeast Asian region’s plan to jointly host the FIFA World Cup in 2034.

In a statement released by Malacañang, Presidential spokesperson Salvador Panelo said, “the official photo of the President, easily accessible in the Facebook account of the Presidential Communications, immediately puts a lie to this sinister false news.”

He added that it has become predictable that the seeming hate campaign against the President will not cease until his last day in office.

“The latest dirty political stunt underscores the obsession of PRRD’s foes to embarrass him and put him to ridicule at every opportunity presented to them,” Panelo said

“The popularity and the acceptance of the President by those who overwhelmingly voted him into office cannot, however, be eroded or diminished, no matter how these incorrigible whiners and nitpickers try hard to destroy him. The more they throw mud at him, the more he comes out clean and appreciated by the people,” he concluded. (with details from Rosalie Coz) /mbmf

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