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COVID-19: President of the Philippines to skip ASEAN summit

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COVID-19: President of the Philippines to skip ASEAN summit

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte will not attend the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) leaders’ summit scheduled for Saturday in Jakarta.

In a statement, the Foreign Office (DFA) said Duterte had decided to stay in the country to address pressing national concerns in light of the surge in COVID-19 cases.

The Philippines now has more than 962,000 confirmed cases of COVID-19, including 16,265 deaths.

The DFA said Duterte had appointed Foreign Secretary Teodoro Locsin as his summit special envoy who would discuss ASEAN’s collective efforts to address threats and challenges to peace and stability in the region.

“This special leaders’ meeting will address pressing issues in the region, including recovery efforts, the situation in Myanmar, efforts to strengthen the ASEAN community, foreign relations, and regional and international issues,” said added the press release from the DFA. (Xinhua / NAN)

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