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As senior officials from ASEAN member states and the bloc’s dialogue partners gathered in Manila for a series of high-level meetings over the weekend, Philippines Foreign Secretary Mr Alan Peter Cayetano sat down with journalists and editors from across the region for the inaugural ASEAN Media Forum. In a 45-minute conversation, Cayetano, who was appointed by President Rodrigo Duterte in May, gave his perspective on a range of issues, including terrorism, combating illicit drugs and making progress on the South China Sea.

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