Most senators laud Duterte administration for succcessful ASEAN Summit, Pangilinan thanked Trudeau

Manila, Philippines - On Wednesday, though some issues were not resolved properly, Senators praised President Rodrigo Duterte’s administration for successfully running the 31st Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Summit in the country.

 “I think it was a success by most accounts. No unfavorable incidents and well-attended by world leaders,” Sen. Juan Edgardo “Sonny” Angara said in a statement through text.

“Full credit (goes) to the organizers,” Angara also added, noting that world leaders handled the issues on human rights, drugs, and others well.

“We respect the presidents’ decisions. For counter terrorism efforts, close coordination with our neighbors is essential,” Angara said.

Meanwhile, Senator Joseph Victor “JV” Ejercito also expressed the same view.

“This is also agreed upon by the ASEAN leaders. I am proposing that we increase budget for counter terrorism operations,” Ejercito said.

He added that it is imperative that the country is upholding its rights over the disputed territories especially the South China Sea.

“We must defend our territorial integrity. The only way we can counter China is for ASEAN member countries to be united in dealing with the South China Sea issue,” Ejercito added.

On the other hand, Senator Francis “Kiko” Pangilinan from the opposition thanked the Canadian Prime Minister Justine Trudeau and the Prime Minister of New Zealand for raising such urgent concern and vital issue- the Extra-judicial killings and the war on drugs. 

“We talk about killings and human rights here in the country. We wish government would do more. We wish government would actually stop the killings and bring justice for family and friends left behind by these killings driven by the so-called war on drugs,” Pangilinan said.

He also pointed out that government should go after the people who are behind the tons of drugs scattered in the country. He stressed out that everyone has right to live, right for due process and trial as well as health as stated in the Constitution.

Source: Manila Bulletin

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