By Liezelle Soriano
MANILA — President Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. said that he will promote the interests of the Philippines after leaving Wednesday to attend the 40th and 41st ASEAN Summit in Phnom Penh, Cambodia.
Marcos will be in Cambodia from November 10 to November 13, 2022.
“My participation will promote and protect Philippine interests in ASEAN. We will emphasize regional cooperation on maritime security, climate change, food security, health cooperation, and economic recovery amongst others,” Marcos said in his speech on Wednesday.
Marcos added that the purpose of his trip is also to resolve the issue of the pandemic, the situation in Myanmar, the South China Sea, and the war between Russia and Ukraine.
“We will also be having bilateral meetings with some of my counterparts in ASEAN and ASEAN’s Dialogue Partners,” he said.
“I will seek further cooperation in key priorities of my administration as well as how to explore what we can do to come together to address the most pressing issues of the region,” the President added.
Marcos noted it would be his first time attending the ASEAN Summit.
“In the next few days, the Leaders of ASEAN member states will discuss and provide policy decisions on current political, security, economic and socio-cultural developments as well as global issues affecting the Southeast Asian region and beyond,” he said. (ai/mtvn)