editorial.7.11.17

The G20 summit in Hamburg, Germany.  (GETTY)


In the past, the Chair of ASEAN used to be invited to the G20 Summit.

As current Chairman of ASEAN, President Rodrigo Duterte was not invited to the recent 2017 G20 Summit held in Germany.

According to the Council of Foreign Relations website, “the annual summit of the Group of Twenty (G20) has evolved into a major forum for discussing the most pressing global issues. One of the group’s most impressive achievements was its robust response to the 2008 global financial crisis.”

“The G20 comprises of nineteen countries that have the world’s largest economies, as well as the European Union. The countries are Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, France, Germany, India, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Russia, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, South Korea, Turkey, the United Kingdom and the United States.

“Every year the heads of G20 members meet to discuss a wide range of issues, with a focus on economic and financial matters, and coordinate policy when possible.

“The nations of the G20 account for around 80 percent of global GDP, nearly 75 percent of all global trade, and about two-thirds of the world’s population.”

Potential opportunities on the part of the Philippines and the rest of ASEAN [Association of Southeast Asian Nations] countries were missed because the current ASEAN Chairman Duterte was not invited, as was done in 2015 and 2016 in cases of the ASEAN Heads during those years.

Why?

No reason was given by the host German Government which issued invitations.

We can only surmise that the reasons for the snub were:

1. Duterte’s disrespectful words in the past against the Europeans, particularly the European Union.

2. Bad human rights record of President Duterte.

3. Lack of respect for Duterte outside the Philippines because of widely reported extrajudicial killings (EJK) of over 8,000 suspected drug addicts and traffickers, and his public utterances of bad words. Also, his pugnacious way.

Perhaps, the PH President needs to be reminded that in this globalized age, “no man is an island.”

This is an interdependent and networked world.

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