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Duterte skips APEC activities

LIMA, Peru – President Duterte skipped two important events at the Asia-Pacific Economic Leaders’ Cooperation summit here over the weekend.

Citing jet lag, Duterte skipped what would have been his first traditional APEC family photo of heads of state Sunday. Leaders of the 21 APEC member economies issued the 2016 APEC Economic Leaders’ Declaration on that day.

Duterte also skipped the APEC gala dinner hosted by Peru President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski Saturday because he was not feeling well.

The former Davao City Mayor was represented in the APEC family photo by Foreign Affairs Secretary Perfecto Yasay Jr. The APEC Economic Leaders’ family photo is a tradition at every APEC summit meant to show solidarity among the member economies.

Duterte also did not attend the APEC Economic Leaders’ Retreats, where heads of state divide themselves into smaller groups to facilitate discussion, earlier in the day.

The retreats are typically opportunities for leaders to freely discuss among themselves the topic set for the session.

Duterte said the summit was a “productive one, very informative for me being a first-timer in this kind of meeting.”

He met his “idol” Russian President Vladimir Putin for the first time in the sidelines of the summit. He also met Chinese President Xi Jinping at the gathering a few weeks after his state visit to China.

Duterte flew all the way from Manila for more than 20 hours, making him lightheaded. Known for being nocturnal, the 71-year-old President said he could not stand falling asleep at the convention of the “greats” and decided to go back to his room to sleep. (Bernie Cahiles-Magkilat)

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  • victor arches

    Pareng Digong’s FEIGNED “ailment” resulting to his inattendance of the APEC gala dinner and photo session was a masterstroke at delivering a DISCREET message to America and the rest of the participants in that annual meeting of heads of state of 21 major economies of the world: The ONLY TWO world leaders worth talking to (these days) are China’s Xi Jinping and Russia’s Vladimir Putin. Of course, Digong paid his respects to the host, Peruvian President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski (himself a newly-elected leader).

    Digong has not yet even set foot in Russia, and already, Putin himself pledged to initially buy and import US$2.5 Billions of Philippine fruits, grains and vegetables as a “sweetener”, a most welcome bonanza for our poor farmers. How much more, when Digong accepts Putin’s personal invite to come to Russia in early 2017? From China, Digong received US$24 Billions last October 2016; and from Japan, US$1.9 Billions of investments in manufacturing and agriculture. And how much was the US dangling to us? a ludicrous US$66 million?! America is ONE BIG JOKE!

  • honelynT

    so what mas importante na nakausap nya ibang mga leaders

  • benjie

    ingat na lang sa biyahe at sana posibo ang dala nyong balita pagbalik

  • domingo S.

    pagbalik sigurado magulo na ang bansa

    • kevin–kevz

      ikaw lang ang mgulo at utak mo!

  • rose

    buti nalang at naging positve ang lakad ng PRRD sa peru

  • ‘ayor

    mas panalo na nkikinig sa atin ang ibang mga lider ng malalaking bansa yan ang isa pang sagot sa pagunlad ng bayan

  • Cath Turman

    takot yang digonggong na yan kay obama eh!

    • Henry N.

      walang kinakatakutan ang presidente namin!

  • Francisco G.

    Intindihin nalang natin ang kalusugan ng ating pangulo!

  • Cynth P.

    Wala naman problema kung di sya nakaattend sa iba kasi di naman nya sinadya eh!

  • Justine Lo

    Lahat nalang ginagawan ng issue! Eh sinabi na ngang masama yung pakiramdam nung pangulo eh!

  • lex

    duwag ka rin nman pala kay obama eh!

    • aubrey

      duwagin mo mukha mo, hindi alam ang nangari kaya ganun!

    • jan

      ikaw ang duwag,ano na ba ang napatunayan mo ha?

  • mike

    hindi nman importante ang gala dinner na yon kaya wag na lang lagyan ng malaking issue

  • jhayjhay

    sumama lang pakiramdam ng pangulo kaya wag na gawing big issue yon. pwd?

    • cristy

      kaloka ang taong pilit binibigyan ng malaking issue ang hindi nman dpat.

  • julie

    may nararamdamn lang nun ang pangulo hindi naman niyan big deal

  • cris.tore

    naging masama lang ang karamdamn ng pangulo kaya kung pwede naman sana itigil na ang pangbabatikos saknya

  • christian

    dutae na mana manahimik kana lang wala ka naman na kwenta!

    • tristan147

      ikaw ang manahimik dapt sayo maparusahn ni Duterte

    • Cass_anton

      ikaw ang manahimik walang isp!

  • justin tumunong

    dapt maintidihan natin na may edad na ang pangulo maging concern na man dapt tyo sa kalusugan niya

  • Lea Castro

    respituhin naman natin ang ating pangulo.

  • rOn_NiE

    hindi naman yan nsusukat ang tagumpay na nagagawa ni digong.

    • Warge

      walang kwenta tlaga ang pangulo nyo.

      • cathY

        ikaw ang walang kwenta!tandaan mo yan.

  • ismael

    lahat na lang binibigyan ng malisya,ganyan naba kayo kainggit ky digong.

  • Ricarte

    pati kalusugan ni digong gagawin pang issue,mga naninira talaga oh.

    • joshua cruz

      patalsikin na yang salot sa dutiti..wala naman silbi.

      • lucky

        yang kokote mong ang dapat patalsikin tutal wala naman yan laman.

  • pajes chie

    hindi naman yan basehan sa mga nagawa ng ating pangulo.