President Duterte tackles territorial dispute, migrant workers’ welfare in ASEAN summit


At the first-ever virtual summit of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) on Friday, June 26, Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte is expected to raise the issue of territorial dispute in the South China Sea and the welfare of Filipino migrant workers during the conference.

At a press briefing on Thursday, Chief of presidential protocol and assistant on foreign affairs Robert Borje said, “[The President] will advance all important positions of national interest for the Philippines. These include the South China Sea issue and migrant workers’ affairs.”

Also included in the summit agenda will be the finalization of the code of conduct for the South China Sea, Borje added.

The 36th ASEAN summit, which will be done via teleconferencing because of the COVID-19 global crisis, has for its theme, “Cohesive and Responsive ASEAN.” (Source: