Duterte to show up at ASEAN Summit in Thailand

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President Rodrigo Duterte will take part in the ASEAN Summit in Thailand this week, the Department of Foreign Affairs said Monday. The President is expected to discuss the slow moving code of conduct in the South China Sea.

Recently after ASEAN members committed to “exercise self-restraint” in activities involving the disputed waters and to “avoid actions that may further complicate the situation”.

“The President is expected to say something about it,” DFA Assistant Secretary Junever Mahilum-West said.

In addition, Malacañang revealed that Chinese President Xi Jinping told President Duterte in August, to have a binding code of conduct drafted before Duterte relieves his post on 2022.

To accompany the president, Foreign Affairs Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr., Trade Secretary Ramon Lopez, and Social Welfare Secretary Rolando Bautista will be included in the guest list in ASEAN Summit, the Philippines’ representative will travel to Thailand on November 1.

Lastly, in the case that President Duterte decides to skip a meeting, Locsin will represent the country, Borjie said.

Doctors last week advised the President to take pain relievers for muscle spasms which supposedly caused his back pain.