Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte won’t attend the Affiliation of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Leaders’ Summit scheduled on Saturday in Jakarta.
In an announcement, the Division of International Affairs (DFA) mentioned Duterte has determined to stay within the nation to take care of urgent home issues within the gentle of the surge in COVID-19 instances.
The Philippines now has over 962,000 confirmed COVID-19 instances, together with 16,265 deaths.
The DFA mentioned Duterte has designated International Secretary Teodoro Locsin as his particular envoy to the summit that may focus on ASEAN’s collective efforts in addressing threats and challenges to peace and stability within the area.
“This particular leaders’ assembly will deal with pressing issues within the area, together with restoration efforts, the state of affairs in Myanmar, ASEAN community-building efforts, exterior relations, and regional and worldwide points,’’ the DFA assertion added.