The National Security Council (NSC) meeting on Wednesday tackled agendas concerning the country’s security. The maritime dispute against China over the West Philippine Sea (South China Sea) topped the list of subjects that were discussed.
Spearheaded by the current head of state, President Rodrigo Duterte, the meeting also covered topics such as the:
- Current state of the administration’s operations against illegal drugs
- Peace process in Mindanao, detailing a comprehensive representation of Bangsamoro entities
- Updates on the situation with the Communist Party of the Philippines-National Democratic Front-New People's Army (CPP-NDF-NPA) and other militants
- Plans for shifting the government system into federalism
"The meeting was intended to update and consult with the members of the NSC as the new administration proceeds with its mandate to establish peace and order, create conditions conducive to a more inclusive and better life for all,” GMA News reported Presidential Spokesperson Ernie Abella as saying in a briefing on Thursday.
Key people present in the meeting were the four former presidents Fidel Ramos, Joseph Estrada, Gloria Macapagal Arroyo and Benigno Aquino III. Vice President Leni Robredo and other cabinet members as well as some lawmakers including Senate President Aquilino Pimentel III, House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez and Senators Vicente Sotto, Ralph Recto and Franklin Drilon, also attended the meeting.
The NSC meeting started from 3:00 pm and lasted for five hours. The guests were served with light snacks such as fried bananas, sandwiches and turon.
The historical meeting turned out to be filled with humor thanks to President Duterte’s comedic timing and light remarks interjected in between the seriousness of the topics.
"The atmosphere was serious but then the President has his way of lightening the atmosphere," Rappler quoted Pimentel as saying on Thursday.
“He can be focused one moment and funny the next. It is both educational and entertaining,” Recto added. "He gave great inputs, and with his humor, in-house entertainment as well."
Despite the controversial meeting of Aquino and Arroyo wherein the former did not offer the latter a handshake, the meeting’s flow was smooth and was considered historic.. Even though the five presidents have different views, they showed unity and cooperation for the security of the nation.
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