Duterte arrives late for ASEAN+3, remains upbeat despite missing photo-op with dialogue partners

Published November 4, 2019, 5:42 PM

by AJ Siytangco

By Genalyn Kabiling

NONTHABURI, Thailand — President Duterte is in good health and high spirits even after a slight delay in his attendance to one of the regional summits here, according to two Cabinet members.

From left, Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad, Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi, Foreign Affairs Assistant Secretary for ASEAN Affairs Junever Mahilum-West, Singapore's Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, Chinese Premier Li Keqiang, Thailand Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha, South Korean President Moon Jae-in, Vietnam Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc, Brunei Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah, Cambodia Prime Minister Hun Sen, Indonesia President Joko Widodo and Laos Prime Minister Thongloun Sisoulith pose for a group photo at the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Plus Three summit in Nonthaburi, Thailand, Monday, Nov. 4, 2019. (AP Photo/Aijaz Rahi / MANILA BULLETIN)
From left, Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad, Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi, Foreign Affairs Assistant Secretary for ASEAN Affairs Junever Mahilum-West, Singapore’s Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, Chinese Premier Li Keqiang, Thailand Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha, South Korean President Moon Jae-in, Vietnam Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc, Brunei Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah, Cambodia Prime Minister Hun Sen, Indonesia President Joko Widodo and Laos Prime Minister Thongloun Sisoulith pose for a group photo at the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Plus Three summit in Nonthaburi, Thailand, Monday, Nov. 4, 2019. (AP Photo/Aijaz Rahi / MANILA BULLETIN)

The President was unable to join a family photo with the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and dialogue partners China, Japan and Korea Monday morning.  Instead, Duterte was represented by Foreign Affairs Assistant Secretary Junever Mahilum-West in the group photo of the ASEAN Plus Three leaders since he was running late.

The Philippine leader however arrived in time for the start of the APT dialogue chaired by Thailand Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha. Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, South Korean President Moon Jae-in, and Chinese premier Li Keqiang joined the ASEAN leaders for the annual summit.

Presidential Spokesman Salvador Panelo assured the public that the President was “okay,” explaining that he merely had to take a restroom break before proceeding to the venue of the APT summit.

“He was late for a few minutes as he had to pass by the restroom,” Panelo told reporters covering the ASEAN summit and related meetings here. “He is okay,” he said, adding there was no change in Duterte’s work schedule.

Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez III echoed Panelo’s remarks about the reason behind the President’s “slight delay” in the ASEAN Plus Three summit.

“He’s fine. He’s in good health, he’s in good spirits. And I think the slight delay this morning had to do with a call of nature,” Dominguez said in a separate press conference here.

Duterte, however, was among the seven ASEAN leaders who skipped the ASEAN-US summit following the absence of U.S. President Donald Trump. Foreign Affairs Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr. represented the President during the summit instead.

Duterte went to attend the other ASEAN activities including the Special Lunch for Sustainable Development and East Asia Summit in Thailand.  He is expected to return to the country Monday night.

 
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Duterte arrives late for ASEAN+3, remains upbeat despite missing photo-op with dialogue partners

Published November 4, 2019, 9:42 AM

by Genalyn Kabiling

NONTHABURI, Thailand — President Duterte is in good health and high spirits even after a slight delay in his attendance to one of the regional summits here, according to two Cabinet members.

From left, Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad, Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi, Foreign Affairs Assistant Secretary for ASEAN Affairs Junever Mahilum-West, Singapore's Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, Chinese Premier Li Keqiang, Thailand Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha, South Korean President Moon Jae-in, Vietnam Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc, Brunei Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah, Cambodia Prime Minister Hun Sen, Indonesia President Joko Widodo and Laos Prime Minister Thongloun Sisoulith pose for a group photo at the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Plus Three summit in Nonthaburi, Thailand, Monday, Nov. 4, 2019. (AP Photo/Aijaz Rahi / MANILA BULLETIN)

From left, Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad, Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi, Foreign Affairs Assistant Secretary for ASEAN Affairs Junever Mahilum-West, Singapore’s Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, Chinese Premier Li Keqiang, Thailand Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha, South Korean President Moon Jae-in, Vietnam Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc, Brunei Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah, Cambodia Prime Minister Hun Sen, Indonesia President Joko Widodo and Laos Prime Minister Thongloun Sisoulith pose for a group photo at the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Plus Three summit in Nonthaburi, Thailand, Monday, Nov. 4, 2019. (AP Photo/Aijaz Rahi / MANILA BULLETIN)

The President was unable to join a family photo with the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and dialogue partners China, Japan and Korea Monday morning.  Instead, Duterte was represented by Foreign Affairs Assistant Secretary Junever Mahilum-West in the group photo of the ASEAN Plus Three leaders since he was running late.

The Philippine leader however arrived in time for the start of the APT dialogue chaired by Thailand Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha. Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, South Korean President Moon Jae-in, and Chinese premier Li Keqiang joined the ASEAN leaders for the annual summit.

Presidential Spokesman Salvador Panelo assured the public that the President was “okay,” explaining that he merely had to take a restroom break before proceeding to the venue of the APT summit.

“He was late for a few minutes as he had to pass by the restroom,” Panelo told reporters covering the ASEAN summit and related meetings here. “He is okay,” he said, adding there was no change in Duterte’s work schedule.

Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez III echoed Panelo’s remarks about the reason behind the President’s “slight delay” in the ASEAN Plus Three summit.

“He’s fine. He’s in good health, he’s in good spirits. And I think the slight delay this morning had to do with a call of nature,” Dominguez said in a separate press conference here.

Duterte, however, was among the seven ASEAN leaders who skipped the ASEAN-US summit following the absence of U.S. President Donald Trump. Foreign Affairs Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr. represented the President during the summit instead.

Duterte went to attend the other ASEAN activities including the Special Lunch for Sustainable Development and East Asia Summit in Thailand.  He is expected to return to the country Monday night.

 
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