Duterte skips Asean-UN sum­mit

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MANILA - 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 Asean-UN 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. SunS­tar Philip­pines

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