Study Room, Malacañan Palace
January 17, 2018

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte met with the members of the Pinnacle Club of ASEAN, a gathering of retired defense and security chiefs from Southeast Asia, in a courtesy call in Malacañan Palace.

During the meeting, the Chief Executive underscored the contribution of the retired officials that helped maintain the security and peace with the Southeast Asia region.

“I’d like to welcome you all. It’s an honor to be in the midst of people who have a strong knowledge of what is the condition of our world today,” he said.

Formalized in 2014, the Pinnacle Club of ASEAN aims to provide a social platform for the gathering of retired defense chiefs and other influential officials related to the security and defense of the region. The club is currently comprised of around 70 members coming from the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) member states of Brunei, Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore and Thailand.

Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano, Department of Defense (DND) Secretary Delfin Lorenzana, Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) officer-in-charge and Undersecretary Eduardo Año, National Security Adviser Hermogenes Esperon Jr., and Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) Chief of Staff Gen. Rey Leonardo Guerrero, and other high-ranking government and military officials accompanied President Duterte during the meeting.