Duterte asserts for inclusive, sustainable growth at ASEAN Leaders’ gathering

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DAVAO CITY (October 11)—  President Rodrigo Duterte pushed the importance of maintaining sustainable economic growth in the region during the gathering of the  Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Leaders, Thursday night.

Duterte said the Philippines is committed to actively participate and support ASEAN and ASEAN-centered efforts in order to advance shared aspirations for greater peace, progress, and prosperity for the Southeast Asian region.

The one-day gathering is a special meeting that draws the leaders of the 10 ASEAN member states as well as key multilateral and international organizations.

He was welcomed by Philippine Ambassador to Indonesia Leehiong Tan Wee, Permanent Representative to the Philippine Mission to ASEAN Elizabeth Buensuceso, Indonesia Trade Minister Enggartiasto Lukita, and Indonesian Ambassador to the Philippines Sinyo Harry Sarundajang.

Among the officials who accompanied the President were Foreign Affairs Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano, Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez III, Budget Secretary Benjamin Diokno, Socioeconomic Planning Secretary Ernesto Pernia, Presidential Communications Operations Office Secretary Martin Andanar, and Secretary Christopher Lawrence “Bong” Go of the Office of the Special Assistant to the President.

At the sidelines of the ASEAN Leaders’ Gathering, the President met  with ASEAN leaders to discuss bilateral issues of mutual importance.

The Philippines is committed to actively participate and support ASEAN and ASEAN-centered efforts in order to advance shared aspirations for greater peace, progress, and prosperity for the Southeast Asian region.

The President reported the results of his participation at the gathering last night upon his arrival in Davao International Airport early today.- NewsLine

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