The Philippines' foreign secretary says he will push Burma to make rapid democratic reforms, during a visit to the military-ruled country this week.
Alberto Romulo said today-Monday he will meet Burma's military junta during a three-day visit starting Thursday.
Romulo said he will reiterate the concerns of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations about Burma's reluctance to enact political reforms. It is unclear whether he will be able to meet opposition leader Ang San Suu Kyi, who is under house arrest. Romulo says he did not make a meeting with the activist a condition of his visit.
The Philippines took over the ASEAN chair last month from Malaysia, which criticized Burma's human rights record.
The regional grouping has expressed concern member Burma is ruining the association's reputation.
Information for this report is provided by AP and Reuters.