SPEECHES

13 November 2017 | Manila, Philippines Your Majesty, Excellencies, distinguished guests, friends, ladies and gentlemen: It is my distinct honor and pleasure to welcome you to the 31st ASEAN Summit and Related Summits. Less than a month ago, Philippine government forces liberated the City of Marawi from terrorist groups who pledged allegiance to the Islamic…

13 November 2017 | Manila, Philippines Excellencies, ASEAN economic ministers, speakers, ladies and gentlemen. Let me first thank the Philippines for me giving a very warm welcome to your country. This is my only my second visit to this country. The first time I was here for two nights and we had nothing but a conference…

12 November 2017 | Manila, Philippines Dear colleagues, we started this year with high hopes, and we are now concluding it on a high note. ASEAN has made tremendous progress and has had such a meaningful year this 2017. This was made possible with the dedication of our economic trade officials, who worked virtually non-stop to…

12 November 2017 | Manila, Philippines My fellow ASEAN Economic Ministers (AEM); Deputy Secretary General Lim Hong Hin; To all the delegates joining us today; Distinguished guests, Ladies and gentlemen, good morning, and welcome to the Preparatory Meeting for the 31st ASEAN Summit and Related Summits. Colleagues, allow me to express my heartfelt gratitude for your…

8 August 2017 | Manila, Philippines Love thy neighbor. President Rodrigo Roa Duterte, Sir, Vice President Leni Robredo, Former President Fidel V. Ramos,  Senate President Aquilino Pimentel III, and the Honorable members of the Senate, Members of the House of Representatives,   Fellow Foreign Ministers and their Delegations, Members of the Diplomatic Corps, Friends, Ladies…

Gala Dinner, Mall of Asia Arena 06 August 7 August 2017 | Manila, Philippines Kung ano ang ating itatanim, yan din ang ating aanihin. We reap what we sow. We are here tonight to celebrate a great harvest brought about by the vision and perseverance of our Founding Fathers. Excellencies, Dear delegates, Colleagues in Government,…

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