Marcos says he’s ‘travelling too much’, but still willing to accept invitations

Published November 14, 2022, 9:40 AM

by Joseph Pedrajas

Just six months into office, President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. said he is “travelling too much,” but he is still willing to accept more invitations to go on foreign trips.

Marcos accepted the recent invitation of Chinese President Xi Jinping to go to China for a state visit on January 3 to 5, as announced by Malacañang on Friday.

In a breakfast meeting before attending the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Summit on Saturday, the President was also invited by World Economic Forum (WEF) Founder and Executive Chairman Klaus Schwab to its headquarters in Davos, Switzerland on January 16-20, 2023.

But Marcos told reporters on Sunday night he was still unsure if he would go.

“We’ll see. The other thing is about—the real decision there is really going to be, if we are going to ask people to come to the Philippines, who are going to invest in the Philippines, are we ready for them?” he said.

Marcos said all state leaders he met at the ASEAN Summits also asked him to visit their respective countries, which he all agreed to go to.

“Sabi ko, sige, basta ako naman wala akong hinihindian (I told them, I’m ok with it. I’m not refusing anything. What I just want to do is to find a schedule when we are both available). Sinasabi ko lang ‘yung mag-schedule tayo kung kalian libre tayo pareho. That’s down the road. Siguro (Perhaps) next year, we’ll start honoring those invitations,” he said.

In Cambodia, Marcos said he liked all the local foods he tasted because he is an “enthusiastic, experimental when it comes to food.”

At the gala dinner on Saturday, the President said they were served with local foods, which First Lady Liza Araneta-Marcos was interested in.

“Pinakunan nga…ni First Lady ‘yung menu para sabi niya (First Lady asked to take a photo of the menu so it will), give us some ideas for when we make a state dinner when the day comes that we have to host something like ASEAN, meron tayong pwedeng tingnan (we have some references),” he said.