Aung San Suu Kyi to visit Philipine

Dharel Placido, ABS-CBN News
MANILA – Nobel Peace Prize winner Aung San Suu Kyi will visit the Philippines for the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Summit, an official said Monday.

Ambassador Marciano Paynor, ASEAN 2017 National Organizing Council Director-General for Operations, said Suu Kyi will attend the 30th ASEAN Summit and Related Meetings at the Philippine International Convention Center on April 29, along with other leaders of the 10-nation bloc.

Suu Kyi will attend the ASEAN meeting in place of Myanmar President Htin Kyaw.

President Rodrigo Duterte earlier met the Nobel laureate during his official visit to Myanmar last month.

The meeting had been highly anticipated since Duterte has been beset by allegations of human rights violations over the war on drugs, while Suu Kyi, Myanmar’s state counselor, has been criticized for her silence on the violence in the Rakhine state between the minority Rohingya Muslims and Buddhist locals.

During his meeting with Suu Kyi, Duterte gave $300,000 to the Myanmar government for the humanitarian efforts in Rakhine.
Suu Kyi thanked the Philippines for its donation.

Suu Kyi was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1991 for standing up against the military-backed government.

She was on house arrest for 15 years and was released in 2010. Five years after her release, her party National League for Democracy won majority of the seats in the elections. She was named the country’s state counselor.

The landslide win gave Suu Kyi’s party the power to name the country’s president, Htin Kyaw, the Nobel laureate’s close confidante.

Paynor said prior to the April 29 summit, Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah of Brunei and Indonesian President Joko Widodo will hold bilateral meetings with Duterte on April 27 and 28, respectively.

After the ASEAN meeting, Duterte and Widodo will fly to Davao to witness the launch of the Davao-Gensan-Bitung Roro route on April 30.

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