MANILA, May 10 (Mabuhay) — President Benigno S. Aquino III left for Nay Pyi Taw, Myanmar Saturday afternoon to join his fellow leaders in the 24th Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Summit in that country.
Among the issues to be discussed in the ASEAN meeting are regional security, climate change, and anti-poverty initiatives, the President said in his departure speech at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport Terminal II.
“Malinaw naman po sa atin: Mas mapapabilis ang pagresolba sa mga suliraning kinakaharap ng ASEAN kung may maigting na kooperasyon ang mga kasaping bansa,” he said.
He said this is the basic principle of the ASEAN Agreement on Disaster Management and Emergency Response (AADMER) signed by the Philippines and its fellow ASEAN countries.
Through the agreement, the President said communities devastated by typhoon Yolanda received assistance from the country’s neighbors.
He said he will personally thank fellow leaders in the ASEAN for the assistance extended to the Philippines in the aftermath of the disaster.
The President also said he will mention the Philippine Memorial in the Arbitral Tribunal under the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea submitted by the Philippines last March.
“Ang nais po nating ihayag: itaguyod at sundin ang rule of law sa pagresolba sa mga usapin sa teritoryo, upang mangibabaw ang pagkilala at respeto sa karapatan ng bawat bansa,” he said.
“Sumasalamin ang hakbang na ito sa ating paninindigan: Hindi maaaring madaan sa diyalogo ng dadalawang bansa lamang ang mga usaping nakaka-apekto sa iba’t ibang kasapi ng rehiyon,” he continued.
At the same time, the chief executive said he will seize the opportunity to share the country’s experience in the successful conclusion of the peace talks with Muslim rebels in Mindanao.
He said he hopes that the signing of the Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro will serve as model to other countries having similar problems with separatist movements.
With his attendance to 24th ASEAN Summit in Myanmar, the President said he hopes that it benefits the ongoing transformation of the country into a more progressive nation.
“Patuloy nating patutunayan sa mundo: Ang Pilipinas ay isa nang maaasahang kabalikat sa kaunlaran, at handang makipagsabayan at magpakitang-gilas sa iba’t ibang larangan,” he said. (MNS)