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ASEAN meet to push through despite Bohol encounter — DFA

THE Department of Foreign Affairs Foreign Affairs (DFA) yesterday said that the trade meetings of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) in Bohol will push through starting today despite the clash between government forces and the Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG) last Tuesday.

The ASEAN-Hong Kong Free Trade Agreement meeting will be held on April 18 to 22 in Panglao Island.
   
“We can confirm that the ASEAN meeting in Bohol will push through  as scheduled, unless any new information dictates otherwise,” Foreign Affairs spokesman Robespierre Bolivar said
   
He assured the Security Committee of the country’s National Organizing Council “is continuously working to ensure the safety and security of the meeting.”
   
Bolivar said that about 200 have confirmed participation in the meeting in Bohol.
   
About 4,000 personnel from the Philippine National Police, the military, emergency response units and various agencies will be deployed during the Asean Summit meetings.