Duterte to attend virtual ASEAN Summit on June 26

Arianne Merez, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jun 22 2020 04:22 PM

Rodrigo Duterte joins other leaders of member countries of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) during the special ASEAN Summit on COVID-19 via video conference from the Malago Clubhouse in Malacañang, April 14, 2020. RTVM

MANILA-- President Rodrigo Duterte will participate in the virtual 36th Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Summit on Friday, Malacañang said Monday.

Duterte will be "busy" for the summit that will be held online due to the COVID-19 pandemic, his spokesman Harry Roque said.

"Ito po ay talagang a big event for all the countries of ASEAN, at magaganap po ito itong linggong ito. So busy po si Presidente sa ASEAN Summit," Roque said in a Palace press briefing.

(This is a big event for all countries of ASEAN this week. The President will be busy for the ASEAN Summit.)

The 36th ASEAN Summit was supposed to be held in Vietnam from June 27 to June 28 but was called off due to the pandemic.

Last April, Southeast Asian leaders held a special online summit to discuss the region's response to the pandemic.

During the April summit, Duterte said all countries should be given fair and easy access to potential coronavirus treatments and vaccines.