DAVAO CITY - President Rodrigo Duterte arrived early Saturday morning in Davao City from his state visit to Indonesia and the ASEAN summit in Laos.
"I am thankful for my first official trip abroad and I'm excited and happy to be back home. I visited Vientianne, Laos for the 28th and 29th ASEAN Summits and related summits; and Jakarta, Indonesia for the official business. In both these trips, we were focused on our objective: to advance the national interest of the Philippines and the Filipinos in the regional and rural community," Duterte said during his arrival speech.
Duterte said he rallied other leaders over concerns on peace, security and stability in the region.
"I expressed the Philippines concern over the developments of South China Sea. I stressed our commitment to a peaceful settlement of disputes in accordance with international law including UNCLOS; and I called leaders to support individual and collective efforts to bring security and stability in the South China sea through a rules-based approach for resolving maritime disputes," Duterte said.
Duterte also took the opportunity to address the ASEAN business and investments summit.
"My message was clear: the Philippines is open for business. My administration will do its part in providing the environment for businesses to thrive and prosper including micro, small, and medium enterprises," Duterte said.
The President also revealed that he had conducted bilateral meetings with leaders from Japan, Laos, New Zealand, Russia, Singapore, and Vietnam at the sidelines of the ASEA Summit