All eyes will be on the Philippines and President Rodrigo Duterte when the country hosts the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Summits and related summits this year.
During the 2016 closing ceremony of the 28th & 29th Asean Summits in Vientiane, Laos the ASEAN chairmanship was formally turned over to the Philippines.
It will be the third time the country will be hosting the regional meet, after it was held in Manila in 1987 under President Cory Aquino and in Cebu in 2007 under President Gloria Arroyo. The bloc’s chairmanship rotates annually, in alphabetical order of the names of ten member-states.
Duterte announced the ASEAN 2017 theme will be “Partnering for change, engaging the world.”
In accepting the ASEAN chairmanship, the President said, ” “We will highlight ASEAN as a model of regionalism and a global player, with the interest of the people at its core.”