PRES. DUTERTE ARRIVES IN SINGAPORE TO ATTEND ASEAN SUMMIT
Late Thursday evening, taking an eight-seat jet, President Rodrigo Duterte has arrived in Singapore to attend the 32nd Association of Southeast Asian Nations Summit.
This year’s ASEAN Summit's theme is “Resilience and Innovation” which the President sees as key instruments in achieving inclusive and sustainable growth.
During his arrival at the Changi International Airport, President Duterte, was welcomed by Philippine Ambassador to Singapore Joseph Del Mar Yap and Sam Tan Chin Siong, Minister of State in the Prime Minister’s Office.
In his 2-day stay in Singapore, the chief executive was scheduled to meet with 10 Southeast Asian leaders with whom he is expected to tackle regional issues, including terrorism, the Rohingya crisis in Myanmar, and the South China Sea dispute.
And on the sidelines of the biannual summit, the President is expected to hold bilateral meetings with Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, Indonesian President Joko Widodo and Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyễn Xuân Phúc.
According to the Palace, President Duterte is expected to focus on the rights and welfare of migrant workers, maritime security, and economic development and integration.
Singapore is home to 180,000 Filipinos.
On Saturday, on the chief executive's last day of visit in the country, he will be meeting with the Filipino community in Singapore.