ASEAN meetings in Bohol will push through- DFA

MANILA-- The three-day Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) trade meetings in Bohol will push through on Wednesday despite the recent clash of government troops and Abu Sayyaf in the province, said the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA).

We can confirm that the ASEAN meeting in Bohol will through as scheduled, unless any new information dictates otherwise, said new DFA spokesman Robespierre Bolivar on Monday.

Bolivar said all relevant international delegates have confirmed participation to the meetings in Bohol.

ASEAN's 10 member states will hold the Intersessional Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership Trade Negotiating Committee Asean Caucus Meeting (ISSL-RCEP TNC) at the Hennan Resort in Panglao Island from April 19 to 21.

Representatives from Thailand, Vietnam, Indonesia, Singapore, Malaysia, Myanmar, Cambodia, Laos, Brunei and the Philippines, this year's ASEAN host, will attend the meetings.

The Department of Trade and Industry will host the meetings.

The Security Committee of our National Organizing Council is continuously working to ensure the safety and security of the meeting, added Bolivar.

Three soldiers, a policeman and at least six armed men were killed in a gunbattle in Inabangan, Bohol last Tuesday.

Source: Philippines News Agency