The Philippines has high profile visitors starting yesterday, Sunday to attend the 31st Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN) Summit particularly in Manila and two nearby provinces as venues of the activities. They are world leaders and several other dignitaries. The government is not only rolling a red carpet for the visitors but it is also being extra cordial to them that it even declared a three-day holiday to pave the way for the summit. This shows too much attention will be accorded to the visitors especially on security matters. Given sufficient days of preparation, it is expected the security protocols are in place and can be guaranteed.
Maximum tolerance will be observed to militant protest actions trained against US President Donald Trump for his mostly anti-labor and poor policies affecting numerous Filipinos in the US. The police vowed to strictly adhere to operational procedures in handling the protest actions in such a way that their right to voice out grievances are not violated and as long as the protesters exercise their rights in a peaceful and orderly manner. Indignation activities like a rally in the presence of world leaders should be monitored carefully for it is vulnerable to be sabotaged by the radicals who have no other intention but to create violence. Public cooperation is also much needed to allow the meetings and other ASEAN-related activities go on smoothly without any security problems.
Securing one leader is taxing, how much more for more than a dozen of leaders. Trump will be among leaders from 19 countries, plus the heads of the United Nations and European Union who are coming for the summit that began with a banquet Sunday night followed by summits today and Tuesday. Philippine officials of course will add to the subjects for security and hundreds of CEOs will gather for the ASEAN Business and Investment Summit today. The Philippines definitely passed the criteria to become host country of the ASEAN meetings in relation to providing security for the high profile delegates. The implementation of strict security measures must be understood by the public to ensure a peaceful and safe assembly. The meetings will specifically focus on ways towards progress for ASEAN member countries. This specifically would touch on what could be the world’s trade deals with special focus on medium, small and micro enterprises or MSMEs. It is hoped the high level meetings and other activities at the sidelines will start and end unruffled.