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Featured FIRST ARRIVALS. Myanmar’s State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi (right photo) and Cambodia’s Prime Minister Hun Sen arrive at the Clark International Airport in Pampanga ahead of the 31st Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Summit.  Photo by: AFP/Noel Celis FIRST ARRIVALS. Myanmar’s State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi (right photo) and Cambodia’s Prime Minister Hun Sen arrive at the Clark International Airport in Pampanga ahead of the 31st Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Summit.

THE leaders of Myanmar and Cambodia were the first heads of state to arrive for the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Leaders' Summit in Manila.

Myanmar State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi and Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen arrived at the Clark International Airport in Pampanga, Saturday ahead of the ASEAN event.

The Cambodian head of state arrived around 1:30 p.m., followed by Suu Kyi an hour later.

Both leaders are expected to attend a welcome dinner hosted by former president and now Pampanga Rep. Gloria Macapagal Arroyo Saturday night.

Suu Kyi's participation in the ASEAN meeting comes amid growing criticism of human rights violations committed against Rohingya refugees in Myanmar's Rakhine state.

Last week, US lawmakers proposed sanctions against Myanmar's military, in some of the strongest efforts yet by Washington to pressure the Southeast Asian nation to end abusive treatment of its Rohingya Muslim minority.
    
US House Republicans and Democrats introduced legislation that would curtail assistance to or cooperation with Myanmar's military and require the White House to identify senior Myanmar military officials who would have US visa bans imposed or reimposed against them.
    
The Philippines will leave it up to Myanmar if it would want to raise the Rohingya crisis in discussions at the ASEAN Leaders' Summit and other related meetings here, Philippine Foreign Affairs Spokesman Robespierre Bolivar on Friday said.