Pres. Duterte explains why he’s skipping US-Asean summit

Pres. Duterte explains why he’s skipping US-Asean summit




President Rodrigo Roa Duterte found time to explain why he turned down US President Donald Trump’s invitation to attend the summit with leaders of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) in Las Vegas on March 14.
The President explains that he is skipping the ASEAN summit in the US for “strategic” and “geopolitical considerations.”
President Rodrigo Roa Duterte
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When asked if he is willing to send a proxy to represent him in the ASEAN summit with the US President, he answered not likely.


“I think by this time our foreign office must have advised [U.S.] that I am not going. They do not want proxies there. That’s what I have noticed when a head of state is absent his chair remains empty. Nobody sits there. So, wala siguro. Wala akong maituro na proxy ko who will act as proxy,” the Chief Executive said.
There were statements before that the President is reluctant to go to the US as he might be refused entry.
“Sabi niya, ‘I do not even know if U.S. will issue me a visa and if I’m issued a visa, I do not know if when I arrived in the States, I would be allowed entry,’” according to Presidential Spokesperson Atty. Salvador Panelo





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