THE Philippine delegation for the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Political Security Community (APSC) recently went on a three-day fact-finding mission to Dili in relation to the latter’s bid to join the organization.
Led by Foreign Affairs Undersecretary for Policy Enrique A. Manalo, the Philippine delegation joined co-delegates from other ASEAN member states for a three-day mission and related activities.
The fact-finding mission’s primary objective was to evaluate and assess the political security situation in Timor-Leste in relation to the latter’s bid for accession to the ASEAN.
Timor-Leste submitted its application to join the ASEAN in 2011.
Manalo was joined by Philippine Permanent Representative to ASEAN Ambassador Noel Servigon, Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA)-Office of the Undersecretary for Policy Special Assistant Rommel A. Romato, Deputy Permanent Representative to the ASEAN Noel M. Novicio, and DFA Office of ASEAN Affairs Director Frank M. Olea.
The ASEAN delegations were divided to attend the Senior Officials’ Meeting (SOM) Leaders and the Committee of the Permanent Representatives to ASEAN (CPR). Former Timor Leste President Jose Ramos Horta, Prime Minister Taur Matan Ruak, National Parliament president Arao Noe de J. da C. Amaral, and President Francisco Guterres Lu-olo separately met with the SOM leaders to discuss Timor Leste’s willingness to join the ASEAN.