Lacson urges Duterte to accept Trump invitation

Lacson urges Duterte to accept Trump invitation

Senator Panfilo “Ping” Lacson being the chairman of the Senate committee on national defense and security would want president Rodrigo Roa Duterte to heed the invitation of United States of America President Donald Trump to attend the  summit in the United States with other state leaders of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) could be advantageous for the country.

Lacson adds that President Rodrigo Roa Duterte must maintain the Philippines active and prominent member of the ASEAN and in the international community.

“The President may be well advised to attend the US summit, the Philippines being a prominent and senior member in the Southeast Asian region,” Lacson said.
Senator Panfilo Lacson
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“Since he was officially invited by (US) President (Donald) Trump, Duterte will be accorded the necessary diplomatic immunity and courtesy befitting a head of state. So there should be no apprehension on how he will be treated while in the US territory,” Lacson added.
Lacson said it will be the opportunity for the President to ask and clarify whatever issues are being raides against his administration, most especially on the area of human rights in as regards the ongoing war on illegal drugs.

Asked about the Trump Invitation:

Senator Bato Dela Rosa said pointed out that President Duterte was invited by a republican President who seems to understand more than the ‘gullible Democrats.”

“The more friends the better. He is being invited by a Republican US president, not by those gullible Democrat US senators who knew nothing about the real situation in the Philippines. So I think it’s OK. Such act will show to the whole world that our independent foreign policy is real,” Dela Rosa told reporters.

As for Senator Dick Gordon, it would still be left to the decision of President Duterte on the matter.

“Certainly when a nation, let’s say America, China or Russia (invites you) you should go, it’s always good to know each other very well for good understanding,” Gordon said.

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