Nat’l Security Council meet tackles China

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President Rodrigo Duterte has convened the National Security Council to discuss the Philippines’ maritime dispute with China, Malacañang said on Tuesday.

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Duterte will meet members of the council at 3 p.m. today in Malacañang, Presidential Communications Secretary Martin Andanar said.

“The President will lead the NSC in a multipartisan dialogue in order to agree on vital policies and strategies on important matters, including the recent ruling of the Permanent Court of Arbitration on the West Philippine Sea,” Andanar told reporters.

The NSC is chaired by the President. It has 35 members — Vice President Maria Leono r Robredo, Senate President Aquilino Pimentel 3rd, Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez, the majority and minority leaders of both Houses of Congress, the chairmen of Senate and House committees involved in national security concerns and various members of the Cabinet.

Also part of the council are past Presidents of the Republic, including Benigno Aquino 3rd, Gloria Macapagal Arroyo, Joseph Estrada and Fidel Ramos.

Ramos has agreed to become the Philippines’ special envoy to China.

Andanar said the council shall also be presented with an overview of the Road Map for Peace and Development by the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process Jesus Dureza.

PDEA Director General Isidro Lapena will give an update on the government’s campaign against illegal drugs.

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