Duterte calls for National Security Council meeting

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Mar 12 2017 05:41 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte in a Cabinet meeting. ABS-CBN News file photo

MANILA -- President Rodrigo Duterte is set to meet the National Security Council executive committee on Monday to discuss "matters that have recently emerged as challenges to the nation's security."

National Security Adviser Hermogenes Esperon said the President will lead the committee on a follow through on the agreements reached during the previous meetings of the NSC Council Proper.

The NSC is a collegial body chaired by the President and composed of select members from the legislative and executive branches of government. 

The membership includes the Senate President and House Speaker, as well as the Executive Secretary and specific members of the Cabinet. 

The NSC, headed by the President, is mandated to discuss and review national security issues and concerns, the results of which are considered by the President in executing his duties, Esperon said.

The council is composed of around 35 leader-members from the executive and legislative branches of government, including past Presidents, Vice President Leni Robredo, Senate President Aquilino Pimentel III, Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez, the majority and minority leaders of both houses of Congress, the chairs of Senate and House committees involved in national security concerns, and various members of the Cabinet.