Leaders of association of Southeast Asian Nations begin arriving in the Philippines ahead of an Sean summit where the 10-member organization is set to meet in Manila.
The state counselor of Myanmar, Aung San Suu Kyi, arrived at the clark International Airport in pampanga to a festive welcome.
Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen was the first leader to arrive to the summit meeting amid tight security.
The annual meeting brings together World Leaders, including U.S. President Donald Trump, Chinese Premier Li Keqiang, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, who will join a two-day multilateral meeting with their regional partners in Southeast Asia.
Issues on North Korea Ballistic Missile Tests, South China sea claims between China and a few asean Nations, cooperation to combat islamist militancy and regional trade pacts are expected to be top of the agenda.
Meanwhile, hundreds of protesters staged a rally in central Manila to protest against the visit of U.S. President Donald Trump for the Summit.
The protesters, mainly left wing activists, scuffled briefly with anti-riot police as they held up a portrait of Trump covered with red paint.
They were worried that the U.S. Intervention in the Southern Philippines could worsen the situation, which is still recovering from battle against militants