Palace confirms: Duterte to attend APEC summit in Peru

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Posted at Nov 13 2016 04:54 PM

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte talks to members of his cabinet (not pictured) after arriving from Malaysia, at Davao International airport in Davao city in southern Philippines, November 11, 2016. Lean Daval Jr., Reuters

MANILA -- President Rodrigo Duterte will attend the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit in Peru next week, a Palace official said.

“For now, it is confirmed,” Presidential Communications Secretary Martin Andanar said in an interview on dzRB.

He added: “It's all about meeting the different leaders of the world. And, also being present in the activities that were arranged by the APEC and Peru.” 

However, Andanar clarified that the President’s travel plans may still change.

“It can change tomorrow. We don't know what will happen tomorrow. Maybe there could be other activities that could just spring up and activities that are more important than activities in Peru,” he said.

Last Friday the President said he was thinking about skipping the APEC summit because he hates long-haul flights.

Duterte will also have a two-hour stopover in New Zealand to take a rest, according to Andanar.

“I think the stopover will just be not more than 24 hours or it is really just a stopover to ano, to take a rest because you know, it's difficult to travel more than 24 hours going to Peru,” he said.

As of now, the President has not disclosed any plans in New Zealand, Andanar said.

“We don't know if there will be an activity with the Filipino community or with other officials of government of New Zealand and it remains to be seen,” he said.
 
The APEC summit will be held in Lima, Peru from November 19 to 20.