- President Rodrigo Duterte is set to visit Busan, South Korea by the last week of November.
- Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo said Duterte will attend the Asean-Republic of Korea Commemorative Summit in Busan on November 25 and 26.
- The upcoming event marks the 30th anniversary of the established relations between Asean and South Korea.
MANILA, Philippines—President Rodrigo Duterte will be in South Korea to join his fellow Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) in a commemorative summit, Malacañang said Sunday.
Presidential Spokesman Salvador Panelo said in a radio interview that Duterte will grace the Asean-Republic of Korea (Asean-ROK) Commemorative Summit in Busan on November 25 and 26 to mark the 30th anniversary of the established relations between South Korea and the Asean.
“Yes, tuloy siya (he will be there),” Panelo said.
Duterte will likely have a bilateral meeting with South Korean President Moon Jae-in to talk about common concerns between the two countries, primarily their cooperation in trade and security sectors.
“Most likely meron kasi ‘di ba [‘pag] may foreign visit laging may bilateral, (Most likely there will be a bilateral meeting like in any other foreign visits),” Panelo said.
Duterte last visited South Korea in June 2018. Duterte previously said that he and Moon committed to “significantly strengthen” their partnership especially in defense and security, trade and investments, infrastructure development, and protection of their nationals, among others.
The Asean-ROK Dialogue partnership was first established in 1989.
The event will be the “biggest summit” held in South Korea since the inauguration of the Moon administration.
Aside from the Philippines, other participating countries in the event are Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam.