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Hayley Atwell has cancelled an appearance at ComicCon Asia in the Philippine­s, citing conflict in her travel plans. The actress posted a handwritte­n note addressed to her Filipino fans in her Instagram account. In the caption, she said: “My statement. My own words.”

This, after there were reports she canceled her appearance because of political unrest. ComicCon Asia 2018 is happening today and tomorrow at the SMX Convention Center in Pasay City.

“I’m so sorry to be missing the convention in Manila this weekend,” the 35-year-old actress started her letter. “I was looking forward to visiting your beautiful country and meeting you all. Unfortunat­ely, the changes in my work schedule have made it impossible for me to travel so far at this time.” “You will hear more about these projects soon and I’m excited to share them when I can. I hope to see you at future convention­s soon. Magkaroon ng isang magandang weekend (Have a beautiful weekend),” Atwell ended the letter.

The actress played Peggy Carter in two “Captain America” films and made cameos in “Avengers: Age of Ultron” and “Ant-Man.” She briefly had her own show called “Agent Carter.”

On Instagram, Atwell also shared that some Filipinos have corrected her attempt at writing something in Filipino.

“I should have said ‘magandang weekend, mag kaibigan’ or ‘kita-kits,’” Atwell also said.

But ComicCon Asia is still loaded with activities for the weekend. Among the celebrity guests today are Filipino talents Regine Tolentino and Michael V. Tomorrow, there will be a Q&A with the cast of the animated program “Overwatch.”

ComicCon Asia announced Atwell’s cancellati­on on Facebook last Thursday: “We wish to inform everyone that Hayley Atwell has decided to cancel her appearance in the 2018 ComicCon Asia due to the perceived ‘political unrest in the country.’ In a message sent to us, Hayley said that ‘she is not comfortabl­e making the trip’ at this time.”

“While we maintain that ComicCon Asia remains a safe space for people who are united towards a common goal—that is, to shine a light on Asian artistry and talent—we respect the decision of Ms. Atwell and thank her and her team for their time during this whole process.”

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