PRESIDENT Ferdinand Marcos Jr said the Philippines is ready to take the lead in peacekeeping in South-East Asia as it is good for the country’s interest and regional security.
During a media forum, he said the Philippines played a vital role in keeping peace, particularly amid geopolitical tensions in the region.
He also stressed the need to strengthen Asean in order to make it more responsive to future challenges and enable the regional bloc to do more than it has accomplished, suggesting that he would raise the issue at Asean meetings next month.
He added that Asean should try to push its member countries to present a united front and move it forward in order to make sure the group “has a function to do in the normal scheme of the geopolitics”. — Xinhua