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Monday, December 15, 2014

PNoy Joins ASEAN-ROK Leaders in Busan

President Aquino, still feeling under the weather, will push through with his two-day visit to Busan, South Korea today to participate in the commemorative summit of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and Republic of Korea on December 11 and 12.
“He is still sick,” Deputy Presidential Spokeswoman Abigail Valte said in a Palace press briefing when asked about the condition of the President’s health. Asked if the ailing President is ready for cold Busan weather, Valte said she would extend such concern to Aquino.
At the special summit in Busan, the President is expected to highlight the country’s position on various issues such as climate change, disaster risk management, and the dangers posed by the Ebola virus.
On the sidelines of the summit, the President has arranged separate meetings with South Korean President Park Geun-hye and business groups.
The summit, which will be held at the Busan Exhibition Convention Centre (BEXCO), will cover the review of the ASEAN-ROK cooperation and its future direction, and the cooperation on non-traditional security issues with emphasis on climate change and disaster risk management, according to the Department of Foreign Affairs.
Foreign Affairs Secretary Albert F. del Rosario, Finance Secretary Cesar Purisima, Cabinet Secretary Jose Rene Almendras and other members of the Cabinet are expected to join the President Aquino. ASEAN-Philippines Director-General Luis T. Cruz and other officials from executive departments are also expected to join.
A bilateral meeting between President Aquino and South Korean President Park Geun-hye will take place today (Dec. 11). Park will host a welcome dinner and cultural performance to officially welcome the ASEAN Leaders.
Aquino is also set to attend the two commemorative summit sessions on Dec. 12 at the Busan Exhibition Convention Center (BEXCO) which will cover a review of the ASEAN-ROK cooperation and its future direction.
Likewise, President Park will host the Leaders’ Luncheon on the second day.
The President is also expected to tackle head on cooperation on non-traditional security issues with emphasis on climate change and disaster risk management. This after the country experienced typhoon “Ruby’s” onslaught.
Aquino initially cancelled his trip to monitor the rehabilitation efforts but decided to push through with it after Typhoon “Ruby” was downgraded into a tropical depression Monday. 

Other sideline events where President Aquino is set to attend include an exhibition on Korean traditional arts and crafts, a special exhibition on public governance, and a meet-and-greet with the CEO of Korea Aerospace Industries and ROK officials.
Aquino and nine other leaders will deliver their respective statements building on this year’s theme “Building Trust, Bringing Happiness.”
The theme reflects South Korea’s commitment to strengthen its relationship with ASEAN through trust, which should result in happiness for the citizens of ASEAN and South Korea.
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