09 Sep Duterte Pushing for a Drug-Free ASEAN, Looking Forward to Working with ASEAN Leaders
“He stated that the Philippines is committed to working with ASEAN member-states to fully realize a drug-free ASEAN,” a statement coming from the Philippine Office of the President last September 8, Thursday.
This was during the 28th Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Summit Plenary that was held in Vientiane, Laos last September 6, Tuesday, when Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte pushed ASEAN to be a drug-free region, being his first international meeting he attended as chief executive.
The president’s remarks are in line with his war on drugs which already killed more than 3,000 people in the Philippines, with around 1,890 declared killed in police operations while around 1,400 found victims of extrajudicial killings.
Duterte also “underscored the need to redouble efforts at addressing the regional and global menace of terrorism and violent extremism.”
Duterte then continued, thanking the ASEAN leaders for expressing sympathy and solidarity with the Philippines and the people of Davao City following recent events” which was the terror attack happened last September 2, 2016, killing 14 individuals and injured 70 others.
The Philippines will be hosting the regional summit in 2017.