Villamor Air Base, Pasay City
May 11, 2023

“During our meeting[s] with the ASEAN Leaders, I emphasized the importance of upholding the international rules-based system which has underpinned regional security, peace and order in our region. I expressed our commitment to the principles of free trade and the multilateral trading system, called for enhanced support for ‘nano’ businesses, MSMEs and their integration into the global economy. We continue to work towards long-term food and energy security, and to address the impacts of climate change, amongst other things,” President Ferdinand R. Marcos Jr. remarked in his arrival statement as he returned to the Philippines after a successful two-day participation in the 42nd Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Summit in Labuan Bajo, Indonesia.

From 10-11 May 2023, the President engaged with his fellow ASEAN Leaders in several meetings where he articulated the Philippines’ support in the regional bloc’s community-building efforts, including strengthening of ASEAN’s institutions.

“On the South China Sea, I reaffirmed the Philippine commitment to the peaceful resolution of disputes and advocated for a rules-based maritime order anchored on 1982 UNCLOS,” the Chief Executive stressed.

The ASEAN Leaders also discussed regional and international developments, notably the situation in Myanmar where President Marcos Jr. called for the nation to adhere to the Five-Point Consensus, as well as expressed support for Indonesia’s enhanced initiatives in its implementation.

He also voiced support for Timor-Leste’s efforts towards full ASEAN membership.

“I look forward to continue working with the Chair, Indonesia, and other ASEAN Member States as well as ASEAN’s external partners for the 43rd ASEAN Summit and Related Summits which will happen in September of 2023 in Jakarta. We will meet to advance our shared goals for a peaceful, secure and more prosperous region,” the President concluded in his arrival


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