#ThewRap: Things you need to know, November 13, 2017

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Dear Rappler reader,

This week, the Philippines hosts the 31st ASEAN Summit. Bookmark this link to watch our livestream of the proceedings.

If you're living in Metro Manila, be prepared for heavy traffic as the MMDA closed off two lanes along EDSA to be used exclusively by the 31st ASEAN Summit delegates' convoys.

You may not need to brave the elements though. Check out our guide to class and school suspensions due to the summit.

The Summit kicked off on Sunday night with the lavish gala dinner hosted by no less that President Rodrigo Duterte. Check out our story on how the President fared in his biggest gala dinner yet.

Among the key dignitaries is US President Donald Trump who wore a barong for the first time and supposedly 'ordered' President Duterte to sing a song. You can watch the video here.

The question of course, is what is the significance of the ASEAN particularly given how much hosting this big event is costing the ordinary Filipino taxpayer?

This week's #AnimatED editorial lists some of the benefits we enjoy due to the Philippines' participation in this regional community.

The ASEAN has yet to act on protests by claimant countries like the Philippines, Vietnam and Malaysia in relation to China's activities in the South China Sea. Will the meeting between today between the ASEAN and China address these concerns?

We keep watch as we bring you today's top news.

ASEAN, China aim to start negotiations on sea code

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte is set to hold a meeting with other ASEAN leaders and Chinese Premier Li Keqiang

Philippines aims to identify 300 new eco zones in January 2018

These would include mega economic zones, spanning 1,000 to 4,000 hectares

How Duterte fared as host of his biggest gala dinner yet

At the lavish ASEAN Summit gala dinner, Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte and partner Honeylet Avanceña play host to 19 leaders, including US President Donald Trump

'I'm just human': Maria Isabel Lopez apologizes for breaching ASEAN lane

Despite the apology, authorities will still recommend the suspension or cancellation of the actress' driver's license

Trump 'not invited' to Paris climate summit

'For now, President Donald Trump is not invited,' says an aide to French President Emmanuel Macron, while noting that representatives of the US government would attend

[EDITORIAL] AnimatED: Dapat na bang kalimutan ang 'ASEAN Way'?

Makabuluhan pa ba sa 2017 ang 'ASEAN Way', kung katumbas nito ang pagiging parochial, insular, de-kahon, at mentalidad na solohin-ang-problema?

The deafening silence of ASEAN on human rights violations

The non-interference principle that governs the Association of Southeast Asian Nations leads to inaction on human rights violations rampant among its member-countries

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