Security troops sent to Bohol for ASEAN Summit meetings

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Meetings of trade officials from the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) in Bohol will "go on as planned" this week despite the security scare from the recent clash between government troops and Abu Sayyaf bandits in the province, the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) said on Monday.

"The relationship between the United States and ASEAN is a strategic partnership".

"As of now, President Trump for instance when President Duterte called him up to congratulate him, had already indicated that he was coming in November so at least verbally he said he was coming", Paynor, Malacanang's chief protocol officer, said in a news briefing. "I am nearly sure that the nine other ASEAN member-states will also be coming back in November", he added. "The past few weeks have seen a number of notable U-turns by the US President, often characterized by a reactionary nature rather than a thought out plan", Ibrahim told The Jakarta Post.

He previously said that Trump had told him that he "was doing right" in his campaign against illegal drugs.

Other neighboring nations, such as South Korea and Japan, could also be included in the trip.

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After the retreat at the Coconut Palace, he said, the ASEAN leaders will return to the PICC for the rest of the meetings.

"Multilateral meetings of this sort, we usually expect 100 percent attendance", Paynor added. The Philippine Star reported that some 4,000 people are expected to attend the event, though Tiotuico said he wasn't sure whether Chinese President Xi Jinping would come.

One of the ASEAN meetings, the East Asia Summit, is scheduled for November 13-14, while the APEC summit is set for November 11-12. "But for the most part, these are just pleasantries and, you know, reiteration of cooperation between the two countries and stuff like that", Paynor said.

"All these happenings on the 28th which will also coincide with the visit, state visit, or bilateral visit of Indonesian President Widodo".

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