ASEAN summit postponement:Typhoon or Terror?
The the news wires are full of stories claim that while the Philippine Government and the organizers for the ASEAN summit in Cebu – say the incoming storm was the primary reason for the cancellation of next week’s ASEAN summit in Cebu. And it is rescheduled for next year.
Understandable considering a bad storm coming as foreign leaders are in the country from all over the region A looming disaster – is often not the best time to have a discussion.
Cancellations and paid booking will cost governments, business groups, and even yes- the protesters a lot of grief.
But Cebu did gain from this in government infrastructure and private investment as well as initial spending – and anticipation of renewed spending while new summit plans are laid out. Mean by next month; the event may go on as planned.
Others say – it was more than just a a in coming storm that caused the postponement to January.
”… Did Terrorist Threats postpone the ASEAN Summit?
Blogger News Network – The Philippines has made many preparations for the ASEAN summit, seen to be another star in the crown of the beleaguered President Arroyo. …
Thai FM charters plane to flee Cebu
Bangkok Post, Thailand –Cebu, Philippines (dpa) – Asian officials rushed Saturday to leave the central Philippine province of Cebu, where a storm was blamed for forcing the …” 
Some of the reports quote ‘sources’ who say many delegations were spooked by reports of major plot involving not just the ASG and Jemaah Islamiah – but real live full fledged al qaedfa operatives who are reportedly in the country with a specific task.
Most in counter terrorism see it as versus the summit.
 …”Terror threat shuts down Asian summit, say sources CEBU CITY (AFP) – The Philippines abruptly called off a high-profile summit of Asian leaders, blaming a looming tropical storm even as foreign ministry sources said terror threats were the reason. … ” 
However those closer to the grape vine in power – tell us it was not the prospect of terror threats.
Nor really the typhoon.
But – a source within the corridors of power – say it was the combination of a major plan by some groups in the opposition and outside the government and democracy – to create chaos – plans called for massive demonstrations versus President Arroyo while the attention span of people in government was on ASEAN as the precursor for an event in Manila.
IT was this along with the typhoon – and the MI6 warning versus a confirmed plot in Cebu – which led to the green-light for the postponement.
Or so the story goes.
POSTSCRIPT: Now its being told:” MILF bares al-Qaeda plot vs ASEAN
INQ7.net, Philippines – … Joel Goltiao, police director of the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM), admitted that militants identified with the Abu Sayyaf and Jemaah Islamiya … “
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