Duterte in Asean-Australia summit: Redouble efforts to address extreme poverty | Global News

Duterte in Asean-Australia summit: Redouble efforts to address extreme poverty

By: - Reporter / @ConsINQ
/ 10:09 PM November 14, 2020


MANILA, Philippines — President Rodrigo Duterte on Saturday called on Australia and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) member states to redouble efforts to address extreme poverty, which is caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

In a speech at the 2nd Asean-Australia online biennial summit, Duterte cited World Bank estimates of 150 million additional people who will be under extreme poverty next year.


“Our duty as governments, therefore, is clear: We must redouble our collective efforts to address extreme poverty.  We must accelerate our region’s socio-economic recovery,” Duterte said.

“The ASEAN-Australia-New Zealand Free Trade Agreement and the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement provide key frameworks that will allow a more buoyant bounce back of our economies,” he added.


Duterte, likewise, said the country recognizes “the role of women in post-pandemic recovery efforts.”

“The economic and social imperatives for these are clear: Empowered women support economic growth and resilience,” he went on.

Fight transnational crimes

The President also urged member states and Australia to combat transnational crimes and terrorism.

“We must not let up in our collective efforts to combat terrorism and transnational crimes. We must continue working together to deter foreign terrorist fighters. We must address the root causes of violent extremism and radicalization,” he said.

“We must also ramp up our long-standing cooperation in law enforcement, immigration and customs matters,” Duterte added.

Duterte then underscored prevention of proliferation of illegal drugs, online child exploitation and abuse, human trafficking, and other cybercrimes.


COVID-19 pandemic will push millions across East Asia, Pacific into poverty this year, says World Bank


For more news about the novel coronavirus click here.
What you need to know about Coronavirus.
For more information on COVID-19, call the DOH Hotline: (02) 86517800 local 1149/1150.

The Inquirer Foundation supports our healthcare frontliners and is still accepting cash donations to be deposited at Banco de Oro (BDO) current account #007960018860 or donate through PayMaya using this link .

Read Next
Don't miss out on the latest news and information.

Subscribe to INQUIRER PLUS to get access to The Philippine Daily Inquirer & other 70+ titles, share up to 5 gadgets, listen to the news, download as early as 4am & share articles on social media. Call 896 6000.

TAGS: ASEAN, Australia, COVID-19, Duterte, globalnation, pandemic, transnational crimes
For feedback, complaints, or inquiries, contact us.

© Copyright 1997-2020 INQUIRER.net | All Rights Reserved

We use cookies to ensure you get the best experience on our website. By continuing, you are agreeing to our use of cookies. To find out more, please click this link.