Duterte could share with Obama his vision for the country, says foreign affairs official

President Rodrigo R. Duterte salutes government troopers and army veterans during the celebration of the National Heroes’ Day at the Libingan ng mga Bayani in Taguig City on August 29. Also in the photo is Vice-President Maria Leonor Robredo. (MNS photo)

President Rodrigo R. Duterte salutes government troopers and army veterans during the celebration of the National Heroes’ Day at the Libingan ng mga Bayani in Taguig City on August 29. Also in the photo is Vice-President Maria Leonor Robredo. (MNS photo)

MANILA, Aug. 31 (PNA) – President Rodrigo Duterte looks forward to meeting with US President Barack Obama to reaffirm the strength and depth of the Philippines-US treaty alliance and the extraordinary ties between the two countries, a foreign affairs official has said.

Assistant Secretary Charles Jose said in a text message to reporters covering the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) that it could be an opportunity for President Duterte to share with President Obama his vision for the country.

He said the President may also present his 10-point Governance Agenda that will sustain the Philippines’ strong economic performance and improve the quality of life for all Filipinos.

President Duterte, he added, may also take the opportunity to communicate his firm advocacy to improve the peace and order situation in the country, especially towards eradicating the scourge of illicit drugs and the menace of terrorism.

“It will also be a chance for the President to re-emphasize the robustness of the bilateral partnership (especially in economic, defense, counter-terrorism and law enforcement cooperation) and also exchange views with President Obama on regional and international issues of mutual concern,” Jose pointed out.

The two leaders will have a bilateral meeting on the sidelines of the 29th Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Summit in Laos next week.

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