Duterte to skip APEC occasions due to ‘urgent domestic developments’
Trade and Industry Secretary Ramon Lopez will attend the November 18 events in the President’s place.
Malacañang on Saturday, November 17 said President Rodrigo Duterte will leave the 26th Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Summit early due to “urgent domestic developments.”
In a statement, Presidential Spokesperson and Chief Presidential Legal Counsel Salvador Panelo did not specify what these urgent matters were. (READ: Duterte to skip last day of APEC summit)
He said Department of Trade and Industry Secretary Ramon Lopez will attend the November 18 APEC Summit events in the President’s place.
These events include the following:
Leaders’ Official Family Photo
International Monetary Fund Informal Dialogue with Leaders
Leaders’ Working Lunch
Duterte was supposed to fly home from Papua New Guinea on Sunday, November 18, but his schedule, sent by Malacañang staff on Friday, November 16, has him flying out late Saturday night instead.
Panelo said the President himself will let Papua New Guinea Prime Minister Peter O’Neill know about his choice, and that they are trusting O’Neill would get it.
“The Philippines stays strong of Papua New Guinea’s chairmanship and will keep on being decidedly drawn in with APEC, which our nation considers as the most imperative monetary participation stage on the planet, particularly in fortifying the detailing of the new and comprehensive APEC Vision past the year 2020,” he included.
The last time Duterte stopped an excursion abroad was in September when he visited Jordan. He additionally flew back multi day sooner than arranged, with the Palace not refering to a particular explanation behind the choice.