Duterte to push migrants’ rights in Asean summit

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PRESIDENT Rodrigo Duterte is expected to tackle important issues during next week’s Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) summit in Singapore, the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) said on Friday.

In a pre-departure briefing in Malacañang, DFA Assistant Secretary JuneverMahilum-West said the President in particular will push for migrants’ rights in the gathering of regional leaders.

West added that Duterte will also discuss micro, small and medium enterprises; infrastructure development as exemplified by his banner “Build, Build, Build” program; and economic integration, cooperation and connectivity during the 33rd annual Asean summit to be held in the Lion City.

She said the President will also dwell on “non-traditional issues” such as terrorism, extremism, illegal drugs, human trafficking, women and youth development, disaster management, climate change and people-to-people exchanges.

West added that Duterte will also talk about China’s installation of weather systems on artificial islands in the South China Sea (West Philippine Sea).

The Philippines will be the coordinator of the Asean-China Dialogue until 2020, according to the DFA official.

West said the summit in Singapore will be the second and last for the Asean this year.

Apart from their own meeting, Asean leaders will meet with dialogue partners from Australia, China, India, Japan, South Korea, Russia and the United States./The Manila Times