Duterte no show for APEC family photo

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LIMA, Peru: Blame it on jetlag.

President Rodrigo Duterte was not able to join other Pacific Rim leaders for the traditional “family photo” at the close of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit because he was feeling lightheaded.

Duterte also missed the gala dinner hosted by Peruvian President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski Sunday.

“I was not able to attend the socials because… you know why? Jet lag,” Duterte told reporters at a press briefing heading back to Manila.


“(I was) lightheaded because exactly at that time that’s my sleeping time back home in the Philippines,” he said.

Foreign Affairs Secretary Perfecto Yasay Jr. represented Duterte. He was flanked by Russian President Vladimir Putin and Papua New Guinea Prime Minister Peter O’Neill on the second row.

The APEC family photo is a tradition at every summit meant to show solidarity among the member economies. The leaders had traditional Peruvian shawls draped on their shoulders.

Duterte also did not show up for the APEC Economic Leaders’ Retreats that same day. The retreats, where heads of state divide themselves into smaller groups to facilitate discussions, give the leader opportunities to freely discuss among themselves the topic set for the session.

Trade Secretary Ramon Lopez said the President started feeling unwell during the dialogue between APEC leaders and Pacific Alliance Presidents on Sunday afternoon.

“Nung natapos yung meeting, binubulong na niya sa amin na masama pakiramdam niya baka hindi na ako maka-attend mamaya (When the meeting ended he was telling us that he was not feeling well),” Lopez said.

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  1. Pareng Digong’s FEIGNED “ailment” resulting to his inattendance of the APEC gala dinner and photo session was a masterstroke at delivering a DISCREET message to America and the rest of the participants in that annual meeting of heads of state of 21 major economies of the world: The ONLY TWO world leaders worth talking to (these days) are China’s Xi Jinping and Russia’s Vladimir Putin. Of course, Digong paid his respects to the host, Peruvian President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski (himself a newly-elected leader).

    Digong has not yet even set foot in Russia, and already, Putin himself pledged to initially buy and import US$2.5 Billions of Philippine fruits, grains and vegetables as a “sweetener”, a most welcome bonanza for our poor farmers. How much more, when Digong accepts Putin’s personal invite to come to Russia in early 2017? From China, Digong received US$24 Billions last October 2016; and from Japan, US$1.9 Billions of investments in manufacturing and agriculture. And how much was the US dangling to us? a ludicrous US$66 million?! America is ONE BIG JOKE!