Duterte 'on top' of quake response, to push through with Thailand trip

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Posted at Nov 01 2019 09:50 AM | Updated as of Nov 01 2019 10:14 AM

President Rodrigo Duterte answers queries from the members of the media after visiting the graves of his parents at the Roman Catholic Cemetery in Davao City on October 31, 2019. Joey Dalumpines, Presidential Photo

MANILA -- President Rodrigo Duterte will push through with his trip to Thailand on Friday to attend the ASEAN Summit while remaining "on top" of earthquake response, his spokesman said.

Duterte felt the Thursday morning earthquake while in Davao City. It was the third powerful quake to rock Mindanao in 2 weeks, damaging several structures.

"We assure our people that the Chief Executive remains on top of the situation monitoring the situation in the Philippines, especially the earthquake-hit areas of Mindanao," Presidential Spokesman Salvador Panelo said.

Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea was designated officer-in-charge of government while the President is away, Panelo said.

Duterte will attend the plenary meeting of the 35th Association of Southeast Asian Nations Summit as well as the regional bloc's side summits with dialogue partners including China and India.

The President visited the grave of his parents in Davao City late Thursday, ahead of the throngs at the cemeteries on Friday, All Saints' Day.