Trump to visit PH for ASEAN meet in November, VP Pence confirms

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, April 19) — U.S. President Donald Trump is coming to the Philippines in November.

This was confirmed by U.S. Vice President Mike Pence on Thursday, during his visit to the headquarters of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) in Jakarta, Indonesia.

"The President of the United States will attend the U.S.-ASEAN summit, the East Asia Summit, and the APEC (Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation) Leaders Meeting in Vietnam and the Philippines this November," Pence told reporters.

The 31st ASEAN Summit and Related Meetings are scheduled from November 10-14 in Clark Field, Pampanga.

Pence also expressed the Trump administration's commitment to cooperate with ASEAN on issues of regional security.

"We'll continue to work closely with ASEAN to promote peace and stability in the South China Sea, by upholding a rules based order, ensuring the lawful and unimpeded flow of commerce, and encouraging the peaceful and diplomatic resolution of disputes," Pence said.

China claims most of the South China Sea, but has overlapping claims with the Philippines, Malaysia, and Vietnam.

Trump's visit to the Philippines could be his first meeting with President Rodrigo Duterte. The two leaders are often compared to each other for their tough talk and controversial statements.

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In a phone call in December to congratulate Trump on his win, President Duterte invited then President-elect Trump to the ASEAN Summit.

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The government is confident Trump will push through with his trip.

"President Trump, for instance when President Duterte called him up to congratulate him, had already indicated that he was coming in November," said Malacañang's chief protocol officer Ambassador Marciano Paynor.

"Multilateral meetings of this sort, we usually expect 100 percent attendance," said Paynor, who heads the National Organizing Committee of the  ASEAN Summit.

Leaders of the nine other ASEAN member states which include Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam will attend.

Other heads of state from dialogue partners like the United States, Russia, Australia, China, India, Japan, New Zealand, and South Korea are also expected in the summit, which is among the highlights of the country's chairmanship of the ASEAN on its 50th anniversary.

CNN Philippines' Ina Andolong and Reuters contributed to this report.