51st ASEAN Foreign Minister’s Meeting Joint Communiqué can be accessed at www.asean.org
PH Welcomes Establishment of Independent Commission in Myanmar and the Appointment of Senior Filipino Diplomat as Chair
02 August 2018 — The Philippines welcomed the establishment by Myanmar of an Independent Commission of Inquiry to investigate alleged human rights violations in the Rakhine State.
“The Philippines has maintained its expression of concern over the situation in the Rakhine State, including in ASEAN, and has also consistently welcomed the commitment expressed by Myanmar authorities in addressing this complex issue,” Foreign Affairs Secretary Alan Peter S. Cayetano said in a statement from Singapore where he is attending the 51st ASEAN Ministerial Meeting. “The Philippines thus considers the establishment of the Commission to be a positive step towards addressing the situation,” the Secretary said.
In his statement, the Secretary said the Philippines is pleased to contribute to efforts to address the situation in Myanmar and welcomes the appointment of Ambassador Manalo, as Chairperson of the Commission. According to Secretary Cayetano, the appointment of Ambassador Manalo, former Chair and currently representative of the Philippines to the Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW), is a recognition not only of her credentials but also her lifelong work in the field of human rights within and outside the region.
Source: DFA Website, 1 August 2018
2 August 2018-New Delhi PE personnel completed a 30-hour course on Basic Hindi. Two hour weekly classes were held at the Embassy library for fifteen (15) weeks during which the participants learned the basics of the Hindi language, including its script, grammar rules, and useful phrases for daily conversation.
President Rodrigo Duterte signed the landmark Bangsamoro Organic Law (BOL) on 26 July 2018.
The law replaces the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) with the new Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao, which would have greater fiscal autonomy, a regional government, parliament, and justice system.
The region would be composed of the current ARMM–Tawi-Tawi,Sulu,Basilan,Maguindanao, and Lanao del Sur–pending a regional plebiscite. Also included in the Bangsamoro region are 6 municipalities of Lanao del Norte and 39 barangays of Cotabato, provided that the province and their municipalities, respectively, vote to lose jurisdiction over them. These areas previously voted to be included in the ARMM. The chartered cities of Cotabato and Isabela would also be included, subject to the approval of their respective registered voters in the plebiscite. The law has an opt-in provision, allowing areas adjacent to the region to join the Bangsamoro, with a petition of at least 10% of their voters. The law is the culmination of a peace deal signed between the Moro Islamic Liberation Front and past administrations.
- Friday, 10 August 2018 ANDC Celebrates ASEAN Day in New Delhi, 8 August 2018
- Thursday, 09 August 2018 NDPE ATTENDS ASEAN QUIZ 2018, IN NEW DELHI
- Wednesday, 08 August 2018 President Duterte signs Philippine Identification System Act
- Wednesday, 08 August 2018 Meeting between Philippine Foreign Affairs Secretary Alan Peter S. Cayetano and Indian Minister of State for External Affairs Gen. (Dr.) V.K Singh in Singapore, 03 August 2018
- Friday, 03 August 2018 51ST ASEAN FOREIGN MINISTER’S MEETING