PNoy not taking chances: Mislang won't join APEC trip

By Lynda Jumilla, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Nov 04 2010 05:06 PM | Updated as of Nov 05 2010 01:15 AM

MANILA, Philppines - Eleven days after arriving from his trip to Vietnam, President Aquino will again go on overseas trip, this time to Japan to attend the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) leaders' meeting.

Malacañang announced the President is set to leave on Nov. 11 to attend the APEC Summit in Yokohama, Japan and, at the same time, will also push for investment in a visit to Tokyo.

In a press briefing on Thursday, Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) officials said they have already provided the president a "menu" of proposed initiatives which the president may push during the leaders' meeting and a possible one-on-one meeting with APEC leaders.

Among these are climate change and economic and technical cooperation.

Malacañang sources, meanwhile, said controversial speechwriter and assistant secretary Mai Mislang will no longer join the president trip, although they did not say if it is an offshoot of her twitter blunder during the recent Vietnam-ASEAN trip of the president.

Instead, Malacañang will send, among other officials, Presidential Management Staff deputy chief Ralph Ignacio.

Mislang came under fire following her posts on the popular social networking site, Twitter.

Mislang posted in her Twitter account, “The wine sucks” after the state banquet hosted by Vietnam President Nguyen Minh Triet in honor of Aquino.

She also tweeted: “Sorry pero walang pogi dito #vietnam.” (Sorry, there are no handsome men here.)

She also posted: “Crossing the speedy motorcycle laden streets of Hanoi is one of the easiest ways to die.”

Mislang has apologized and was reprimanded, and Malacañang has stopped its communications officials from further using social networking sites pending a review of its social media policy.