By Genalyn Kabiling
President Duterte has proposed three new C’s — community, centrality and connectivity — in strengthening the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) community and advancing cooperation with several dialogue partners.
The President made the proposal at the start of the ASEAN plenary session today after observing the regional bloc has been previously governed by three C’s of “consultation, consensus and cooperation” for the past five decades.
The ASEAN leaders have gathered for two-day talks on deepening efforts toward a rules-based and people-centered community and intensifying cooperation with other allies on fighting terrorism, sea piracy and illegal drugs.
Dialogue partners such as United States, Russia, China, Japan, South Korea and New Zealand are also attending the summit talks.
“Over the course of the ASEAN’s 50 years of existence, we have proved time and again the three C’s of consultation, consensus, and cooperation have been integral to our collective success,” the President said.
“Moving forward to ensure the ASEAN’s viability, a new set of three C’s — community, centrality, and connectivity — will define the work and effort needed to ensure the success of our community-building process and our interaction with external partners,” he added.
The President said this year’s summit would continue the dialogue from last April’s “productive and fruitful” discussions on strengthening the ASEAN Community toward the realization of the ASEAN-Vision 2025.
With the theme “Partnering for Change, Engaging the World,” he also cited the
ASEAN work to fully and effectively implement the ASEAN Political Security Community, ASEAN Economic Community, and the ASEAN Socio-cultural Community Blueprints for 2025.
“Today, we continue our discussions on how to further consolidate our efforts and our shared aspirations toward an ASEAN Community that is truly rules-based, people-oriented and people-centered,” he said.
“It is also an opportunity for us to discuss the kind of cooperation needed to respond to the rapid, regional, and global developments and threats posed by nontraditional security issues in the peace and stability and prosperity of our regions,” he added.
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