Cayetano misses meetings with US counterpart, ASEAN leaders


Posted at Aug 06 2017 03:09 PM | Updated as of Aug 06 2017 07:05 PM

Foreign Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano delivers a speech during the launching of the ASEAN Institute for Peace and Reconciliation (AIPR) Publication: "Symposium on Principles, Mechanisms, and Practices of Peace and Reconciliation Processes" in Pasay Saturday. Noel Celis, Reuters

MANILA - (UPDATE) Foreign Affairs Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano was unable to attend bilateral talks with US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and a series of meetings among Southeast Asian ministers on Sunday.

Cayetano "was not feeling well since beginning of the week and then after yesterday (Saturday) he almost lost his voice," Foreign Affairs spokesperson Robespierre Bolivar said in a statement.

The Philippines is "finding another mutually convenient time" for the meeting between Cayetano and Tillerson, Bolivar added.

Bolivar also said Cayetano is now recuperating in preparation for chairing other Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) events on Monday, including the Asean Plus Three, East Asia Summit and Asean Regional Forum.

Foreign Affairs Undersecretary for Policy Enrique Manalo represented Cayetano during Sunday's meetings. -- With Michael Delizo, ABS-CBN News