42 members to attend National Security Council first meeting

42 members to attend National Security Council first meeting

- The National Security Council is set to hold first meeting on July 27, 2016, in Malacanang

- 42 members of the top level group have bee invited to attend

- The first agenda of the meeting is the preparation of the Philippine envoy to China

The National Security Adviser and Director General Homogenes C. Esperon confirmed that the National Security Council was finally formed and is set to hold its first meeting on July 27, 2016.

This will be the first ever National Security Council meeting under the administration of President Rodrigo Duterte that is set to take place in Malacanang at around 3 p.m.

Esperon confirmed that there will be 42 members who are invited to attend, and their primary agenda is to prepare the envoy of the Philippines to be sent to China to talk about the plan of action for the South China sea.

42 members to attend National Security Council first meeting

National Security Adviser and Director General Homogenes C. Esperon (right) with President Rodrigo Duterte (left) (Photo from inquirer.net)

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Being the principal forum composed of members headed by the National Security Adviser, NSC is the principal forum of the president for national security and foreign policy matters.

President Duterte invited Philippines’ former Presidents namely Fidel V. Ramos, Joseph Ejercito Estrada, Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, and Benigno Aquino III, though their attendance is yet to be confirmed. In addition, the Senate President Aquilino Pimentel III, House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez, minority leaders of both houses, chairmen of the committees on defense and security, peace and order, among others, are also invited to attend and are automatic members of the NSC Proper.

Esperon said that the members of the NSC Proper may vary. Aside from cabinet members, he added that the President may summon prominent citizens to join the meeting who he deems necessary.

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The other body of the NSC is the Secretariat, which will be headed by the Esperon himself. NSC Secretariat is tasked to provide technical support to the Council Proper.

For the July 27 meeting, the National Intelligence Coordinating Agency Director General Trifonio P. Salazar, the Armed Forces Chief of Staff Lt. Gen. Ricardo Visaya, the Philippine National Police chief Ronald de la Rosa, and the National Bureau of Investigation director are also expected to attend.

Executive Order  No. 330 created the National Security Council dated July 1, 1950, during former President Elpidio Quirino’s administration, and was reorganized in 1986 by virtue of EO 115.

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