Duterte skips Asean-UN sum­mit

Sun.Star Baguio - - THE NATION -

PRES­I­DENT Ro­drigo Duterte had to skip the meet­ing be­tween the As­so­ci­a­tion of South­east Asian Na­tions (Asean) and United Na­tions (UN) Mon­day evening be­cause he was still hold­ing bi­lat­eral meet­ings with other lead­ers.

For­eign Af­fairs spokesper­son Robe­spierre Bo­li­var said Duterte had presided over sev­eral meet­ings be­tween the Asean and its di­a­logue part­ners. On the side­lines, he also held bi­lat­eral di­a­logues with some heads of state, in­clud­ing United States Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump, Ja­panese Prime Min­is­ter Shinzo Abe, and Rus­sian Prime Min­is­ter Dmitry Medvedev.

"Pres­i­dent Duterte had sev­eral bi­lat­eral meet­ings last night, in­clud­ing with Ja­pan, Korea, In­dia, and Rus­sia," Bo­li­var said.

"The meet­ings were al­ready run­ning be­yond schedule so to avoid fur­ther de­lay­ing the Asea­nUN Sum­mit, it was de­cided that SFA rep­re­sent the Pres­i­dent while he (Duterte) was meet­ing bi­lat­er­ally with the other lead­ers," he added. SFA refers to Sec­re­tary of For­eign Af­fairs Alan Peter Cayetano.

Duterte has been crit­i­cal of the UN, whose spe­cial rap­por­teurs have re­peat­edly crit­i­cized the Pres­i­dent's war on nar­cotics trade in the Philip­pines.

On Novem­ber 9, Duterte threat­ened to "slap" UN spe­cial rap­por­teur on ex­tra­ju­di­cial ex­e­cu­tions Agnes Cal­la­mard if she pur­sues her plan to in­ves­ti­gate the gov­ern­ment's war on il­le­gal drugs.

"Cal­la­mard, I will slap you if you in­ves­ti­gate me," said Duterte in a speech de­liv­ered be­fore the Filipino com­mu­nity in Viet­nam.

Cal­la­mard has been mulling to con­duct an in­quiry into hu­man rights vi­o­la­tions al­legedly com­mit­ted un­der Duterte's bru­tal crack­down on il­le­gal drugs. Duterte, how­ever, im­posed three con­di­tions that she agree to a pub­lic de­bate with Duterte, al­low him to ques­tion her, and take an oath. (SunS­tar Philip­pines/Ruth Abbey Gita)

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