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DUTERTE ASKS UN, ASEAN:

Enhance security ties

 

President Rodrigo Duterte has urged the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) and the United Nations (UN) to enhance their cooperation in fighting security threats in the region.

The President called on the two agencies to promote “counter-narratives” to address extremism and terrorism, citing the Philippines’ experience in Marawi City.

“The President likewise called on [the] Asean and the UN to enhance cooperation in sustainable security. Both must promote counter-narratives to address the message of hate and destruction propagated by violent extremists and terrorists,” Palace spokesman Salvador Panelo said in a statement.

“The President cited the experience of the Philippines in Marawi to show such methodology of international cooperation,” he added.

3. (From left) Malaysia’s Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad, Myanmar’s State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi, Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte, Singapore’s Foreign Minister Vivian Balakrishnan, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, Thailand’s Prime Minister Prayut Chan-O-Cha, Vietnam’s Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh, Brunei’s Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah, Cambodia’s Prime Minister Hun Sen, Indonesia’s President Joko Widodo and Laos’ Prime Minister Thongloun Sisoulith pose for a group photo during the 10th ASEAN-UN Summit in Bangkok on November 3, 2019, on the sidelines of the 35th Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Summit. PHOTO BY MANAN VATSYAYANA / AFP


Myanmar’s State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi (left) stands with President Rodrigo Duterte (center) and Singapore’s Foreign Minister Vivian Balakrishnan during the 10th ASEAN-UN Summit in Bangkok on November 3, 2019, on the sidelines of the 35th Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Summit. PHOTO BY VATSYAYANA / AFP

Myanmar’s State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi (right) talks to New Zealand’s Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern beside Philippines’ President Rodrigo Duterte (left) during the 14th East Asia Summit in Bangkok on November 4, 2019, on the sidelines of the 35th Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Summit. PHOTO BY MANAN VATSYAYANA / AFP

President Rodrigo Duterte attends the 22nd ASEAN-Japan Summit in Bangkok. PHOTO BY LILLIAN SUWANRUMPHA / AFP

(From left) Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte, Singapore’s Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, China’s Premier Li Keqiang and Thailand’s Prime Minister Prayut Chan-O-Cha pose for a group photo during the 22nd ASEAN-China Summit in Bangkok on November 3, 2019, on the sidelines of the 35th Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Summit. PHOTO BY MANAN VATSYAYANA / AFP

In 2017, the Philippines dealt with Islamic State-inspired terrorists, who took control of some areas in Marawi City.

The attack left over 1,000 people dead and tens of thousands homeless.

Apart from fighting terror, Duterte also asked leaders of the 10-nation regional bloc and the UN to pursue preventive diplomacy, including the advancement of women in peace and security agenda, Panelo said.

The Philippines is a pioneer in this area and can share best practices such as the establishment of the Asean Women’s Peace Registry, he added.

The President, according to Panelo, also encouraged the Asean and the UN to work together to address climate change.

“The Chief Executive expressed his appreciation for the actions taken, with the assistance of the UN, to build resilience and strengthen the support for climate change adaptation and mitigation in a region where national disasters occur frequently,” he reported.

During the Asean-UN summit on Sunday, Panelo said Duterte noted that 2020 “is an auspicious year for Asean as two of the regional bloc’s member-states, Indonesia and Vietnam, are set to occupy seats at the United Nations Security Council.”

“PRRD (President Duterte) manifested that he considers this as Asean’s coming of age as this meant the association’s further engagement with the world,” Panelo said.

“The Palace wishes to underscore that this is not the first time President Duterte cited the need for Asean to evaluate its role apropos the rest of the world. Last June, the President of the Philippines reiterated his call for the regional grouping to be the voice of reason and moderation. He stressed that Asean can also play a crucial role in conflict resolution and conflict prevention — a job that the United Nations is currently performing,” he added.

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