Duterte went tieless busines casual look at the ASEAN Summit, stood out among ASEAN leaders

President Duterte at the 34th ASEAN Summit photo from google (ctto)

Manila, Philippines - President Rodrigo Duterte attended the 34th Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Summit plenary session with other ASEAN leaders at the Athenee Hotel in Bangkok, Thailand on Saturday.

The Chief Executive preferred to wear his formal grey suit combo without a necktie while other ASEAN leaders favored the tradition coat and tie outfit.

The usual simple business casual look that made him stood out among ASEAN leaders who graced the said event and yet gave a stir among its critics.

The 34th ASEAN Summit wrapped up yesterday with the theme of “Advancing Partnership for Sustainability”.

Expected agendas were discussed including pressing regional issues like Myanmar’s Rohingya issues, where, more than 700,000 Rohingya crossed into Bangladesh in 2017, according to U.N. agencies, after a crackdown by Myanmar's military sparked by Rohingya insurgent attacks on security forces.

Leaders of the ASEAN nations adopted a joint declaration against marine plastic pollution and stressed the importance of a regional trade pact first proposed by China, and of course the South China Sea Dispute.

The countries made some progress on a Code of Conduct negotiating draft for the disputed South China Sea and are expected to finish a first reading by the end of this year and final reading is expected by the end of 2021, Thailand's foreign ministry spokeswoman, Busadee Santipitaks.

President Duterte had also met with Indonesian President Joko Widodo and Thai business leaders before the Summit’s opening ceremony.

Source: Politiko

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