Duterte skips APEC gala dinner


Posted at Nov 20 2016 09:13 AM | Updated as of Nov 20 2016 10:00 AM

President Rodrigo Duterte arrives in Lima, Peru for the APEC summit. Photo from Presidential Communications' Twitter page

LIMA - President Rodrigo Duterte has skipped the gala dinner for Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) leaders' meeting in Lima, Peru on Saturday (Sunday in Manila).

Duterte was absent as the dinner started started at 7:15 p.m. (8 a.m. in Philippine time).

Presidential Communications Secretary Martin Andanar explained that President was not feeling well.

"Masama pakiramdam," he told radio DZMM's Dexter Ganibe.

He added that Foreign Affairs Secretary Perfecto Yasay attended the dinner on the President's behalf.

The dinner, hosted by Peruvian President Pedro Pablo, could have been an opportunity for Duterte to hold conversations with other leaders outside prior arrangements.

-- Report from Lynda Jumilla, ABS-CBN News