Du30 headed to Singapore for 33rd ASEAN Summit
President Duterte will discuss several regional issues when he attends the 33rd Association of Southeast Asian Nations Summit and related summits next week in Singapore.
Department of Foreign Affairs Assistant Secretary Junever Mahilum-West said Duterte is expected to discuss several key issues that affect the Southeast Asian region during the three-day summit.
"The issues that are very important to us: Micro, small, and medium enterprises; infrastructure development because of our 'Build, Build, Build' program; economic integration, economic building, and economic community, and economic cooperation; connectivity," West said.
"'Yung mga non-traditional issues like countering terrorism, violent extremism, combating illicit drugs, and trafficking in persons. We would also be very interested in women and youth development, disaster management, climate change, and people-to-people exchanges," she added.
West said the 10 ASEAN leaders will hold their own meetings. Aside from that, they will also have summits with leaders from dialogue partners in the format of the Plus One Summit, ASEAN Plus Three, and the East Asia Summit.
"They're going to meet individually with Australia, China, India, Japan, Republic of Korea, Russia, and the United States," she said. "At the ASEAN Plus Three Summit, that means ASEAN 10 with the leaders of China, Japan, and the Republic of Korea. And in the East Asia Summit, which includes Australia, China, India, Japan, New Zealand, Republic of Korea, Russia, and the United States," she added.