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President Rodrigo Duterte on Saturday welcomed his fellow leaders of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations as they gathered in Manila.

An intensified response from the government is needed to address poverty in the Philippines, Presidential Spokesperson Ernesto Abella said on Friday.

The reported bombing in Quiapo, Manila on Friday evening is not connected or directed to the ongoing Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Summit, a Malacañang official said.

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 The need for intensified joint effort against terrorism, piracy and kidnapping dominated the discussions yesterday between President Duterte and Indonesian President Joko Widodo.

President Duterte yesterday highlighted the need for inclusive development in the Association of Southeast Asian Nations as he urged member countries to work together to make the grouping a model in regional integration.

Unregistered food products and supplements considered “dangerous” to public health are being sold in the local market, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) warned yesterday.

 Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II yesterday denied involvement in an alleged plot to kill gambling operator Charlie “Atong” Ang.

Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II dared yesterday lawyer Jude Sabio to “bring it on,” in reaction to the charge of crimes against humanity that the lawyer filed against him and President Duterte before the International Criminal Court (ICC).

The Philippines will miss the “golden opportunity” to assert its prerogative as chairman of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) if it will not take up the arbitral ruling and other South China Sea issues at the summit, a former envoy said yesterday.

When President Duterte hosts a summit of Southeast Asian leaders today, the spotlight will be on him. Just less than a year in power, he faces a mass murder complaint before the International Criminal Court and an impeachment bid at home as bodies continue to pile up in his war on illegal drugs.

The government is spending P15.5 billion (about $310 million) for activities related to the 50th anniversary of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), highlighted by the leaders’ summit today.

President Rodrigo Duterte and Indonesian President Joko Widodo will lead the launch of the Association of Southeast Asia Nation roll-on/roll-off in Davao City on Sunday, the Department of Trade and Industry said.

Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong was the last leader to arrive in Manila for the 30th Association of the Southeast Asian Nations Summit.

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