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President Duterte Calls for ASEAN Unity in Fight Against Corruption

VOI NEWS 09.00 LOCAL TIME, GMT+7, 09-08-2017

At the age of 50 ASEAN countries must unite in fight against corruption and transnational crimes. It was said by the President of the Philippines, Rodrigo Duterte in his opening remarks at the commemoration of the 50. Anniversary of ASEAN on Tuesday, August 8 in Manila.

“We want our region that is secure, where our people can live without fear from the lawless elements and the debilitating effects of corruption and transnational crimes. We want a region that is stable, where democratic institutions work,” said Rodrigo Duterte.

In front of the Foreign Ministers of 10 ASEAN member countries and ASEAN partner countries President Duterte said further that the ASEAN governments must work together with the private sector to help solve poverty within the region. On the occasion Duterte awarded plaques of recognition to the descendants and representatives of the founding fathers. The celebration also recognized the "heroes of ASEAN," or those who had valuable contributions in the fields of biodiversity conservation and protection, youth entrepreneurship, and research and development in rice science and technology. (VOI/retno/edit r)


Darmin Nasution describes as groundless suggestion that economy is weakening

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