The Philippines has joined mounting calls for the immediate release from detention of Myanmar’s leader, Madam Aung San Suu Kyi, and the “complete return” to democracy to avert a regional crisis which would be detrimental for all concerned.
Ms. Suu Kyi, who heads the ruling party National League for Democracy (NLD), was deposed by the military for alleged crimes last Feb. 1 and is being held in an undisclosed location in the capital of Naypyitaw.
Foreign Affairs Sec. Teodoro Locsin, who aired his “deep concern” over recent developments in Myanmar, issued the call during the informal online meeting of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) foreign ministers last week.
Locsin said: “The rest of ASEAN must stand by Myanmar.”
Singapore’s Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong had earlier demanded that Suu Kyi be freed from detention to allow the country to move forward and reclaim its rightful place in the community of nations.