Because of the 31st Association of Southeast Asian Nations Summit (ASEAN) and Related Meetings, President Rodrigo Duterte signed today, through Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea, an executive order declaring November 13 to 15, 2017 as special non-working holidays in the National Capital Region and the Provinces of Bulacan and Pampanga.
US President Trump will be attending the ASEAN Summit, as confirmed by US Vice President Mike Pence on April 2017 during his visit to the ASEAN headquarters in Jakarta, Indonesia: “The President of the United States will attend the U.S.-ASEAN summit, the East Asia Summit, and the APEC (Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation) Leaders Meeting in Vietnam and the Philippines this November.”
Last week on October 19, 2017, it was reported that Sen. Antonio Trillanes was in the United States to convince US senators to discourage US President Donald Trump from attending the ASEAN Summit in the Philippines. Trillanes, however, clarified that he did not dissuade US President Donald Trump from visiting the Philippines. “To be clear, I did not try to stop the state visit of President Trump since these things are carefully planned and cannot be stopped on the mere say so of a Philippine senator,” Trillanes said.
Rubio is one of two legislators who earlier introduced a bill to restrict the supply of defense equipment to the Philippine National Police amid concerns on the drug killings in the country. “America and the Philippines have an important and enduring alliance, which is why the growing number of extrajudicial killings as part of the Philippine National Police’s ‘war on drugs’ is deeply alarming,” the US senator had earlier said.
Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV said on Friday that he only presented “factual information” about the Philippines to senior American officials he had met during his recent trip to the US.