Duterte to have the interest of the Filipino nation at heart in ASEAN-Korea summit

Published November 20, 2019, 12:36 PM

by Francine Ciasico

By Genalyn Kabiling 

The interest of the Filipino nation will be championed and protected by President Duterte when he and other leaders discuss security concerns in a regional summit in South Korea next week.

President Rodrigo Duterte delivers.his speech upon his arrival in Davao City on Sunday after a five-day visit in Russia. (Keith Bacongco)
President Rodrigo Duterte (Keith Bacongco / MANILA BULLETIN FILE PHOTO)

As the regional issues such as the South China Sea dispute and the Korean Peninsula conflict will likely be tackled in the upcoming dialogue, the President assured the public that he would not commit to anything that would endanger the lives of Filipinos.

The President is scheduled to travel to Busan, South Korea to attend the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN)-Korea commemorative summit slated on November 25 and 26. Duterte said he will be holding a bilateral meeting with South Korea President Moon Jae-in, as well as “pull-aside” talks with other leaders on the sidelines of the summit.

“Security matters. One, security talaga ‘yan. And it’s obvious. It is now the — the equilibrium of geopolitics. You know North Korea then the Spratly Islands. The South Koreans are also against the occupation of the South China Sea and the claim of China. This will be taken up because one day, when we decide to really go for it, it will be the Western powers plus Seoul, plus Tokyo, and Australia. Malaysia — I do not know if… I’m not sure of Malaysia if they’ll join the fray,” Duterte said during a press conference in Malacañang Tuesday night when asked about the agenda in his talks with the regional leaders.

“I will decide when the time comes. I will not make any guarantees because I said we do not have the even the firepower and I will never commit to something which will just you know massacre. Bahala kayo diyan. Tayo cover lang,” he said.

Duterte asserted that he “loves the Philippines” and would not do anything that will put the people’s lives at risk.
“Karamihan security. I said if it is to the interest of the Republic that I will commit to any — then I will. But if it is not, I said, to the interest of the people of the Philippines, I will never commit to anything that would even jeopardize one life,” he said.

Leaders of the 10-member regional bloc have been invited by Moon to the summit in celebration of the 30th anniversary of Korea-ASEAN Dialogue Relations next week.

In the Busan summit, the regional leaders are expected to tackle the progress in the Korea-ASEAN relationship in the past three decades and lay down they vision for development in the coming years.

The ASEAN leaders have committed to support moves that will keep peace and stability in the region in a recent summit in Thailand.

Southeast Asian leaders have called on North Korea to complete denuclearization and avoid launching further nuclear and missile tests. They pressed for the “complete, verifiable, and irreversible” denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula.

On the South China Sea issue, the ASEAN leaders have renewed their call for self-restraint and peaceful and rules-based resolution of disputes in the vital waterway. They reaffirmed the importance of maintaining and promoting peace, security, stability, safety and freedom of navigation in and overflight above the South China Sea and recognized the benefits of having the South China Sea as a sea of peace, stability and prosperity.

ASEAN and China are also aiming to complete the code of conduct in the disputed South China Sea within three years or earlier.

Four ASEAN member-states, namely the Philippines, Vietnam, Malaysia and Brunei, are locked in dispute with China over the resource-rich South China Sea. Tension in the region has risen amid protests over Beijing’s controversial reclamation works and military buildup in the contested waters.

 
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Duterte to have the interest of the Filipino nation at heart in ASEAN-Korea summit

Published November 20, 2019, 12:00 AM

by manilabulletin_admin

By Genalyn Kabiling 

The interest of the Filipino nation will be championed and protected by President Duterte when he and other leaders discuss security concerns in a regional summit in South Korea next week.

President Rodrigo Duterte delivers.his speech upon his arrival in Davao City on Sunday after a five-day visit in Russia. (Keith Bacongco)
President Rodrigo Duterte (Keith Bacongco / MANILA BULLETIN FILE PHOTO)

As the regional issues such as the South China Sea dispute and the Korean Peninsula conflict will likely be tackled in the upcoming dialogue, the President assured the public that he would not commit to anything that would endanger the lives of Filipinos.

The President is scheduled to travel to Busan, South Korea to attend the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN)-Korea commemorative summit slated on November 25 and 26. Duterte said he will be holding a bilateral meeting with South Korea President Moon Jae-in, as well as “pull-aside” talks with other leaders on the sidelines of the summit.

“Security matters. One, security talaga ‘yan. And it’s obvious. It is now the — the equilibrium of geopolitics. You know North Korea then the Spratly Islands. The South Koreans are also against the occupation of the South China Sea and the claim of China. This will be taken up because one day, when we decide to really go for it, it will be the Western powers plus Seoul, plus Tokyo, and Australia. Malaysia — I do not know if… I’m not sure of Malaysia if they’ll join the fray,” Duterte said during a press conference in Malacañang Tuesday night when asked about the agenda in his talks with the regional leaders.

“I will decide when the time comes. I will not make any guarantees because I said we do not have the even the firepower and I will never commit to something which will just you know massacre. Bahala kayo diyan. Tayo cover lang,” he said.

Duterte asserted that he “loves the Philippines” and would not do anything that will put the people’s lives at risk.
“Karamihan security. I said if it is to the interest of the Republic that I will commit to any — then I will. But if it is not, I said, to the interest of the people of the Philippines, I will never commit to anything that would even jeopardize one life,” he said.

Leaders of the 10-member regional bloc have been invited by Moon to the summit in celebration of the 30th anniversary of Korea-ASEAN Dialogue Relations next week.

In the Busan summit, the regional leaders are expected to tackle the progress in the Korea-ASEAN relationship in the past three decades and lay down they vision for development in the coming years.

The ASEAN leaders have committed to support moves that will keep peace and stability in the region in a recent summit in Thailand.

Southeast Asian leaders have called on North Korea to complete denuclearization and avoid launching further nuclear and missile tests. They pressed for the “complete, verifiable, and irreversible” denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula.

On the South China Sea issue, the ASEAN leaders have renewed their call for self-restraint and peaceful and rules-based resolution of disputes in the vital waterway. They reaffirmed the importance of maintaining and promoting peace, security, stability, safety and freedom of navigation in and overflight above the South China Sea and recognized the benefits of having the South China Sea as a sea of peace, stability and prosperity.

ASEAN and China are also aiming to complete the code of conduct in the disputed South China Sea within three years or earlier.

Four ASEAN member-states, namely the Philippines, Vietnam, Malaysia and Brunei, are locked in dispute with China over the resource-rich South China Sea. Tension in the region has risen amid protests over Beijing’s controversial reclamation works and military buildup in the contested waters.

 
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