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Turkey, Mongolia drawn to ASEAN

On his return from his trip to Beijing, China, where he attended the Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation, President Duterte made a surprising announcement that the leaders of turkey and of Mongolia had asked him to sponsor their membership in the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN).

China and Southeast Asian countries agreed on Thursday to a draft framework for a long-mooted code of conduct for the disputed South China Sea, China’s foreign ministry said.

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President Duterte is amenable to the entry of Mongolia and Turkey to the 10-member Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) despite the concerns raised by Myanmar State Counselor Aung San Suu Kyi on their geographical location.

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Fresh from a successful trip to Cambodia where he unmasked his “economic persona,” President Duterte arrived here yesterday in high spirits as he prepared to meet the Filipino community, particularly representatives of the 210,000 Overseas Filipino Workers, based here.

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Duterte raises threat of drugs in forum

President Duterte has raised the threat of illegal drugs and how important it is to purge the illegal drugs trade to protect the youth.

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THE Manila police were quick to rule out terrorism in their investigation of two Quiapo explosions this week that killed two persons and wounded six others. Terrorism, they explained, is violence that has no particular target; it just seeks to sow fear among the people in general.

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