Duterte to attend ASEAN-ROK Summit in Busan

Published November 10, 2019, 12:04 PM

by Francine Ciasico

By Argyll Cyrus Duterte

President Duterte will participate in the Association of Southeast Asian Nations-Republic of Korea (ASEAN-ROK) Commemorative Summit to be held in Busan on November 25-26 despite the Palace’s earlier announcement that the President’s activities will be limited to give him time to heal from his muscle spasms.

Presidential spokesman Salvador Panelo said the President will pursue the visit as he considers South Korea one of the most important dialog partners of the ASEAN.

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte joins other leaders from the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) member countries and Prime Minister of Japan Shinzo Abe during the 22nd ASEAN-Japan Summit at the Impact Exhibition and Convention Center in Nonthaburi, Thailand on November 4, 2019.
President Rodrigo Roa Duterte (MANILA BULLETIN FILE PHOTO)

“Yes. Tuloy siya (He will go to South Korea),” Panelo said Sunday morning.

Panelo added that President Duterte will most likely have a bilateral meeting with South Korean President Moon Jae-in to talk about common concerns between the two countries.

“Most likely meron kasi ‘di ba [‘pag] may foreign visit laging may bilateral (Most likely there will be a bilateral meeting like in any other foreign visits),” Panelo said.

“Kung ano ang dapat na pag-usapan kaugnay sa pangangalakal, seguridad, lahat ng commom concerns ng dalawang bansa na magmi-meet ‘yan ang palaging pinag-uusapan. Lagi namang SOP yun (They will talk about trade, security, and all concerns that both countries share. Those are the things that are commonly talked about in a bilateral meeting),” he added.

Malacañang had earlier said that they would have to consider the spacing of the President’s activities because of his muscle spasms. However, the Palace assured that the President would push through with his engagements inside and outside the country.

The ASEAN-ROK Commemorative Summit celebrates the 30th anniversary of the dialogue relations between South Korea and the regional bloc. Busan was picked to host the Summit which will be held from November 25 to 26.

The ASEAN-ROK Summit will be the biggest international conference that South Korea will host under the Moon Jae-in administration. It will also be the third Commemorative Summit with ASEAN that South Korea will host, the first was in Jeju in 2009, and the second in Busan in 2014.

President Duterte last visited South Korea in June 2018.