Duterte back in PH after APEC summit in Papua New Guinea

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Nov 18 2018 11:13 PM | Updated as of Nov 19 2018 01:14 AM

Courtesy of Bong Go

MANILA - President Rodrigo Duterte is back in the country after attending the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit in Papua New Guinea.

The President's plane landed in Davao City at around 6:47 p.m. Sunday. 

Former Special Assistant to the President Bong Go fetched the chief executive at the Davao International Airport. 

President Duterte went straight to his home in Davao City.

Duterte attended the second day of the APEC Summit as originally scheduled, even as Malacañang earlier said the President was supposed to cut short his APEC trip and fly back to the Philippines on Saturday night.

Before attending the APEC summit, Duterte was at the 33rd Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Summit in Singapore. 

"With the Philippines assuming the role Country Coordinator for ASEAN-China Dialogue Relations, the President delivered the ASEAN-China Common Statement," Malacañang said in a statement. 

The President, Malacañang said, reaffirmed ASEAN and China’s shared commitment to the full and effective implementation of the Declaration on the Conduct of Parties in the South China Sea.

"Throughout the ASEAN Summit and Related Summits and the APEC Economic Leaders’ Meeting, President Duterte continued to advance Philippine national interests and prioritized upholding and promoting the Philippines key positions."

Speaking in Singapore last Thursday, Duterte told reporters that China was already "in possession" of the South China Sea and the United States and other countries must avoid “creating friction” with the Asian power.

This prompted a statement from Acting Chief Justice Chief Justice that "Factually, China is not in possession of the South China Sea.”