The Philippines’ chairmanship in the ASEAN Summit 2017 was formally launched Jan 15 by President Rodrigo Duterte, UNTV in Wikimedia Commons.

By Ricardo Saludo

The Manila Times-Oct 11

When President Rodrigo Duterte attends the 33rd Association of Southeast Asian Nations summit in Singapore on November 11-15, his his fellow Asean leaders, international media, and curious onlookers may be watching for telltale signs of illness. That would be ironic. For all the talk of cancer, Barrett’s disease, or whatever may be ailing the President, his two-and-a-half years in office, in fact, showcase not weakness but strength, particularly his immense impact not just on Southeast Asia, but on the entire hemisphere, from Japan to Saudi Arabia, Russia to Australia.

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First published in: The Manila Times