Aquino to push for less Asean meetings at summit


President Benigno Aquino. AFP

PHNOM PENH, Cambodia—It’s only a two-day affair but the Association of Southeast Asian Nations Summit involves a mind-boggling amount of preparation and talk, requiring on average four meetings for each day of the year.

“Do you know how many meetings Asean has in one year from the working group up to the summit? It’s about 1,500 meetings,” Department of Foreign Affairs spokesperson Raul Hernandez said at a recent news briefing in Manila.

Which is why the Philippines is set to propose here that the biannual summit of leaders of the 10-country Asean be held only once a year to be more efficient and effective in pushing programs for the good of the regional bloc.

Hernandez said the Philippines would raise the matter at the 21st Asean Summit and related meetings scheduled on Nov.18-20. Cambodia is the host of the 2012 summits, including the 20th Asean Summit held last April.

President Aquino attended the previous summit and will return to the Cambodian capital on Saturday for the next. United States President Barack Obama is also expected to be present in a related meeting between Asean leaders and other regional powers, including China, Japan, Russia and Australia.

The Asean summit, a gathering of leaders of the 10 member-countries, used to be a once-a-year affair but has been held twice yearly, by the same host, since 2009, to accommodate related meetings, among other reasons.

“For the last few Asean meetings, there were always two summits being held – July and November,” Philippine Ambassador to Cambodia Noe Wong said here in an interview with Radio-Television Malacañang.

Hernandez said the Philippines would move for the review of the Asean charter and propose that the summit be held only once per year upon observing that the number of meetings did not necessarily bring productive results.

“We are hoping that Asean could be more efficient and cost effective in coming up with decisions and for pushing programs that would be good for the region. And this is one of those that we are advocating—that there will be only one summit in Asean per year,” he said.

Hernandez said interactions and communications between and among Asean leaders without physical contact were now possible “with all the developments in technology.”

“So we think that by having only one summit per year, the leaders could really focus on what they would like to push through and be able to effectively push whatever advocacies they have that would be beneficial not only to Asean but to the whole of the region and to the world,” he said.

The theme for the 21st Asean Summit is “ASEAN: One Community, One Destiny.”

This year marks the 45th year of Asean, which groups the Philippines, the host Cambodia, Singapore, Indonesia, Malaysia, Brunei, Thailand, Burma (Myanmar), Laos, and Vietnam.

To illustrate the number of Asean meetings in a year, the 21st summit actually has several other side summits:

• 15th ASEAN-Japan Summit;

• 15th ASEAN-South Korea Summit;

• ASEAN plus three (Japan, China and South Korea) Commemorative Summit;

• 10th ASEAN-India Summit;

• 15th ASEAN-China Summit;

• 4th ASEAN-US Leaders Meeting (with Obama).

The last meeting is the 7th East Asia Summit among the 10 Asean leaders with the eight Asean-East Asia partners namely Australia, China, India, Japan, New Zealand, South Korea, the United States, and Russia.

Apart from the Asean charter review, the Philippines will “continue to advocate maritime security and cooperation, the West Philippine Sea (South China Sea), people empowerment through migrant workers’ protection and welfare, (and) human rights, Hernandez said.

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  • marivon

     Name it NATO ( No Action Talk Only). Nothing substantial will come out of this “sungits” if host Cambodia will serve the interest of his master China over the interest of the member countries.

  • EdgarEdgar

    This should come as no surprise. Our mongoloid president is suffering from attention deficit hyperactive disorder (ADHD). He can not sit still for longer than 5 minutes. He has to constantly move around to find his center. When he scratches his buutt crack, it’s a sign that he’s looking for his next fix. He talks to himself all the time when nobody wants to listen to him. He soils his pants when not given timely medication as we saw in AU. The ASEAN will be lucky if they can have Noynoy sit through one entire meeting without making disruptive noises or idiotic motion.  

    • $18209031

      Hahahaha , nagsalita ang monkeyoid like your dirty kayumangmang azz. Noy is the best there is so far but he is leading this country in the wrong direction facing China.  He is joining Japland and the US in antagonizing China’s rise. He is on the wrong side of aisle.

    • disqusted0fu

       sounds like a mentally unstable person to me…

  • Carl2012

    Na stress out kasi ang tamad at b0b0 nating presidente sa dami ng meetings.

    Hoy tamad at b0b0 na NoyNoy Aquino!

    Nakakahiya ka!

  • Carl2012

    Less meetings daw para more time for NoyNoying!

    Hoy NoyNoy Aquino!


    Huwag kang mag kalat sa ASEAN, sira ulo!

    Nakakahiya ka!

  • ramelatilano

    ha ha ha ….yan na ang magaling ha ha ha….I think correct din naman si Noynoy dyan…let wait and see the result.

  • joboni96

    malulungkot mga taga dfa atbp niyan

    malaking bawas sa touristic trips
    pati dollar allowances

    buti nga sa inyo

    ng may pambili
    ng mga navy corvettes

  • disqusted0fu

    what does Aquino know about productive results that he is saying such remarks??? maybe he just doesnt want this because he cant act like his normal self and talk about irrelevant topics in meetings like he does in his meetings in the Phils.

    • kamandag

      @justice : You ,too, do not know what you’re talking about. Open your eyes before you make your comment!

      • disqusted0fu

        my eyes are widely open thats why im seeing reality and not being fooled by all the rhetoric words of the president and his administration.

  • $23257130

    nakakaloka idamay ba sa katamaran niya ang buong asean group. hoy noynoy abnoytard kung ayaw mo makisama sa meetings wag ka umatend matulog ka na lang sa pansitan. pppppwwwweeeehhhh kadiring abnoy tamad. 

    • Francis81

       Hahaha! Kaya naiiwan na ang Pinas ng ibang bansa sa Asia kasi ang mga liders nila halos hindi na natutulog sa katatrabaho samantalang si Pweenoy halos hindi na natutulog sa kakagood time at kakalaro ng PSP.

  • jadejones2012

    Less meetings, ‘Noy?

    Gaano ka less?

    As less as the hair left in your balding head?

  • Guest

    tamad talaga itong aquino III na ito. ito ang napapala ng Pilipinas sa sapilitang paghalal sa taong walang katangiang mamuno ng bansa.

  • jadejones2012

    This is NoyNoy Aquino at the ASEAN meeting.

    NoyNoy:  Gentlemen, we need to cut down on our meetings.

    Malaysian leader: This has always been this way ever since ASEAN started. Why do you want to lessen our meetings?  Are you busy with other important matters?

    Rest of the leaders in unison: Yes. Are you so busy with other important matters in your country?

    NoyNoy:  No.  I am just lazy and these meetings get in the way of my NoyNoying time.

  • Francis81

    Sinusumpong na naman si Pweenoy ng Noynoying. Mula umupo bilang pekeng presidente dalawang beses pa lang nagpa full cabinet meeting yan.  Maikli kasi ang attention span niya.  Kaya ang ginawa nila nagpa cluster meeting na lang palagi.  Pero kahit sa cluster meeting pagkatapos ng sampung minuto lalabas si Pweenoy at mag yosi, tapos minsan sisigaw pa ng napakalakas na mag-isa.

    • jadejones2012

      Lalabas sa cluster meeting room, at sisigaw ng malakas ng mag-isa?

      Para palang baliw itong si NoyNoy.

  • Harry

    How can the South China Sea issue be resolved without daily Asean meetings. 

  • Jon

    Wala din namang nagagawa daw.
    Di tigil na nang patuluyan.
    Naka menos pa ng gastos para sa official visit.
    May dagdag na panahon para mag PSP.  

  • Your_King

    While Aquino pushes for that…can he also push to lessen unemployment in the Philippines?

  • kilabot

    hindi nga kinakausap si noykapon ng mga asean liders, may papush-push pa. wag kasi magpapalipad ng laway habang nagsasalita, kaya iniiwasan tuloy.

  • opinyonlangpo

    Much better if limit the meetings to sporting events and maybe just also include tourism. It is composed of countries that cares only for each own interest instead of treating each member as a family.

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