Myanmar State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi arrives in Manila on Saturday, November 11, 2017 for the 31st Asean Summit. Government officials welcomed Suu Kyi at the Clark International Airport in Pampanga. SCREEN GRAB FROM PTV 4
MYANMAR State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi arrived in the Philippines on Saturday for the 31st Association of Southeast Asian (Asean) Summit.
Suu Kyi arrived on board her official plane, which landed at the Clark International Airport in Clark, Pampanga, a few minutes after Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen.
Suu Kyi will join other world leaders from Southeast Asia and, 10 other partners of the regional group in the biennial meet.
Pre-Summit activities began on November 10 with the main event scheduled from November 13 to 15.
Suu Kyi is a Burmese politician, diplomat, and author. She is the leader of the National League for Democracy (NLD) and the first and incumbent State Counsellor, a position akin to a Prime Minister, according to published reports.
Suu Kyi was born on June 19, 1945. She graduated from the University of Delhi in 1964 and the University of Oxford in 1968. She worked at the United Nations for three years.
“The Lady”, as she has been known, led the NLD to a majority win in Myanmar’s first openly contested election on November 2015.
The win came five years to the day since her release in 1995 from house arrest, which she endured for 15 years.
She was put under house arrest again in September 2000, when she tried to travel to the city of Mandalay in defiance of travel restrictions.
She was released unconditionally in May 2002, but was imprisoned the next year following a clash between her supporters and a government-backed mob.
During her years of detention, she was often in solitary confinement, unable to see her two sons and husband, who died of cancer in March 1999.
In 1991, Suu Kyi was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize, for being “an outstanding example of the power of the powerless”.
She is also the first woman to serve as Minister for Foreign Affairs, for the President’s Office, for Electric Power and Energy, and for Education. KAROL JOSEF LUCENA