PH welcomes new leader of Asean


Ambassador Le Luong Minh. Photo from

The Philippines’ top diplomat on Wednesday welcomed the assumption to office of the new secretary general of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean)—a change in leadership that comes as the bloc treads a challenging path toward unity on several key regional issues.

Foreign Secretary Albert del Rosario expressed confidence in the leadership of the new Asean leader, Le Loung Minh, the first secretary general from Vietnam who is a veteran in international affairs.

“With his extensive professional experience and qualifications, we are confident he will ably meet the challenges of Asean as the 10 member countries work toward establishing a community that is politically cohesive, economically integrated and socially responsible,” said Del Rosario in a statement.

He assured Le of the Philippines’ support.

Le took the helm of Asean from Thailand’s Surin Pitsuwan. Tarra Quismundo

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  • DakuAkongUtin

    Ready  na ba si Sec Del Pilar mag chupapa sa bagong ASEAN leader like he always do? The old f x rt likes to do it when he sees boytoy in the block , this time with a smelly Vgook

  • junsepara

    ASEAN will be on the right track this time, let all members forge a strong trade and defense pact to counter china’s bullying, let ASEAN products flows freely between members thereby stopping china’s inferior products from dominating this region, don’t buy this chinks inferior quality products, its a waste of money anyway, there mybe some desputes among members but, must be united against this chinese beast!

  • Ben

    The ASEAN Secretariat’s vision is that by 2015, it will be the nerve centre of a strong and confident ASEAN Community that is globally respected for acting in full compliance with its Charter and in the best interest of its people.

    Therefore, within his watch further unification of communication, political and economic structures as well as early exploration to integrate the various defense establishments of ASEAN must be stepped up much like that of the defunct SEATO. ASEAN must explore the creation of science and development that are crucial for the groupings security and welfare. We must find ways to depend on each other if we have to succeed as a new nation, able to stand on its own weight and defend its own territory based on their own military structure and its various treaties and understandings world wide…

    • avmphil

      Ben, your thesis is good for this nation. The Philippines had been in the forefront to establish an order of peace and understanding within ASEAN and in the Asia-Pacific region. As observed (except for political reasons and linkage, it cooperated with Indonesia to dampen the formation of Malaysia). This nation has no known record of aggression against any country nor territorial conflicts, except to question the status of Sabah, and this too, had been left to be dried out by a new generation of Filipinos.

      However, it should be noted that the British created SEATO with the advice of allied countries to maintain a zone of peace within members. Communist China was at its height creating mayhem in newly independent states where they had infiltrated anti-establishment societies and taking a chance with disgruntled Chinese descendants, thus it necessitated a treaty at that era. An alliance such as SEATO (unlike NATO), may even provoke Beijing to display a variety of actions that will further its interest to rule the West Philippines Sea at all costs. Here again, we have a new Chair in the organization. It’s yet to be seen how the Chair will perform in accordance with the charter laid down by ASEAN. Thank you.

      • Ben

        Life are full of risks and risk takers. If you don`t act to take risks, others will to undermine the full potential of the groupings especially that the area is a strategically located and various powers vie to influence the creation of a new nation of ASEAN, keeping one foot ahead will help this new nation`s fate firmly on the ground of ASEAN`s best interest. SEATO is a learning experience for the ASEAN to tackle not for the same mistake that led to the down fall of the groupings collective defense but a more progressive one that is fit for a newly built nation by 2015 integration…the right to combine their own armed forces for ASEAN best interests.

      • avmphil

        Ben, as I said, you have a constructive and progressive view of what ASEAN could be in the near or perhaps the future. But this group is made of a potpourri of peoples drawn from different background, linguistic, religion and cultural traits that is apparently visible in the daily lives.

        Indonesia and Malaysia are predominantly adhere to the Muslim faith peoples despite a large minority of Indians and Chinese, while the Thais and their immediate neighbors (Cambodia, Burma and Laos) profess Buddhism with Vietnamese majority taking the Lunar New Year. It’s only the Philippines among ASEAN where the majority holds the Christian faith as their dominion.

        In my observation this major demographic and religious division can never unite, just to uphold a situation that requires spilling blood. One can point the united-front supports to the British and the Americans (many clandestine groups) that finally drove the Japanese in WW2. Japan was the antagonist and the SEA peoples were the victims. Can I say, the Chinese Army invades the Philippines and we call for aid, will ASEAN declare a War against China? I very much doubt it will.

        ASEAN will not even provide the equipment or the logistics to fight a war. Beijing is well aware not to antagonize such ASEAN members as Thailand, Indonesia and Malaysia. Faith and race play a major role in conflicts against neighbors. How united are the Southerners (Mindanao) with the mainstream in this country? Yes, ASEAN will be united (perhaps with the exception of Singapore: a largely Chinese dominated member nation) should Beijing declare a conflict with ASEAN conclusively. For the moment Beijing will not attempt to push this far.

      • Ben

        That`s your opinion, but I am quite very positive but cautious with the ASEAN groupings. Religion can be respected as long as it will not be part of the politics of ASEAN. Its like a 2 year old child growing up and parents are already thinking of her future. The same goes with us, I think of her future as positive and you are in the negative side….and I respect that. The future is not written in stone, it can be changed based on what we are going to do today, not tomorrow, I am basing my opinion based on the healthy discussions being done by ASEAN to break up the barriers in all aspects of nationhood and integrate the various cultures and politcal systems in a federal democratic union much like those of the US or EU, as long as there are no secrets in each of the nations we are all have a brighter future in ASEAN….

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