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PRES. DUTERTE OFF TO SINAGPORE FOR ASEAN SUMMIT



President Rodrigo Duterte is set to fly to Singapore this afternoon to attend the 33rd Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Summit on Nov. 13 to 15.

According to the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA), some of the issues to be discussed include the South China Sea, the Korean peninsula, the global economy and the multilateral trade system, as well as transnational and transboundary issues including terrorism, violent extremism and illegal drugs.

The DFA added, the leaders will also hold the second summit on the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) which is the proposed free trade agreement among the ten ASEAN member countries.

Meanwhile, the president will fly to Papua New Guinea to attend the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Leaders' Summit from Nov. 17 to 18 where the he is also expected to meet with the 40,000-member Filipino community in the Pacific island.