“As head of our democratic Republic, I assure you, I will do my very best to develop and utilize all our potential in making the Philippines more stronger, an important player, not only in our region but in the entire community of nations,” President Duterte said in his speech upon arrival from India.
The President also said he reiterated at the ASEAN-India Special Commemorative Summit meetings Philippines’ position in maintaining and promoting open, free, stable and secure maritime spaces and responsible use of maritime domain, particularly in the Indo-Pacific region.
He also said he urged urged India to expand cooperation in the areas of defense, counter-terrorism and the fight against illegal drugs.
The President also reported that the Philippine and Indian business delegations forged a total of US$1.25 billion worth of investments which will create thousands of jobs.
“At the regional level, we recognized that the Philippines, India, and ASEAN face similar challenges and threats on land and at sea,” he said. “ASEAN can be our common platform for dialogue and, more importantly, a venue for concerted actions against the threats, security and stability of nations in the IndoPacific region.”
“We need to go beyond consultation. More than talk, we need to move together to deter, interdict and neutralize those that seek to destabilize our region,” he added.