‘Not feeling well’: Digong skips APEC gala dinner

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LIMA, Peru: President Rodrigo Duterte skipped the gala dinner for 21 leaders of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) forum here on Saturday (Sunday in Manila), because he was “not feeling well,” a Palace official said.

In a text message, Presidential Communications Secretary Martin Andanar replied “Masama ang pakiramdam,” when asked why the President skipped the dinner.

Foreign Secretary Perfecto Yasay Jr. attended the dinner on behalf of the President.

The dinner, hosted by Peruvian President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski, was scheduled at 7:15 p.m. Peru time at the Parque de la Reserva.


Andanar said Kuczynski was told beforehand that Duterte would not be able to make it to the dinner.

The two leaders had a prolonged conversation earlier in the day during the official welcome ceremony for arriving heads of state, just before the opening of the annual gathering of Pacific rim economies.

In the morning, Duterte had bilateral talks with China’s Xi Jinping and Russia’s Vladimir Putin.

Duterte arrived in Lima on Thursday to attend the APEC for the first time since being elected President.

His official delegation consists of Yasay, Andanar, Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez 3rd, Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana, Trade and Industry Secretary Ramon Lopez, Socioeconomic Planning Secretary Ernesto Pernia, National Security Adviser Hermogenes Esperon, and Sen. Alan Peter Cayetano.

Duterte, who turned 71 last March, earlier said he was thinking of skipping the APEC leaders’ meeting because “it’s a long way across the globe.” Lima is 13 hours behind Manila.

So far, the President has made nine trips abroad since assuming office on June 30.

Duterte has visited Laos, Vietnam, Indonesia, Brunei, Japan, China, Thailand and Malaysia.

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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!

  2. Yes , I believe D30 skip the Gala because he cannot align himself with international dignitaries. All he knows is to curse them… That’s it … and the people who mistakenly vote for him are now scratching their head and asking themselves What a Stupid Vote I made……and I am on of them.

  3. And Duterte cannot face President Obama because of his “foul/big/bad breath” mouth. He cannot face Pres Obama because he has no face to look at an intelligent president of the U.S. Sa sobrang kayabangan ni Duterte na de-debatehin daw niya si Obama ngayon at tameme siya at para makaiwas sa kahihiyan at nag-pan-pang-gap lang kunwari na maysakit. Wala naman palang bayag si Duterte. Mayabang lang siya sa Pilipinas pero pagdating sa ibag bansa at para siyang manok. Chicken si Duterte. Compare the IQ of Duterte and Obama and it will be: Obama=150, Duterte= 20. Masyado lang mayabang na akala mo superpower ang Pilipinas.
    Duterte should/must stop EXCUSES to face the persons that he cursed. Putin said to himself, “What kind of animal is the president of the Philippines. He does not even look like a human being”.

  4. An excellent book by Fr. Malachi Martin regarding Satan and the realities of hell should put the looming hellbound bitter critics on notice. These bitter critics of Duterte are so full of vitriol that they forget that life is more or less 80 years on earth and they too will die abd probably go to hell. Remember a bible passage that says we should follow our leaders whether good or bad since God wills it. Now as to the leaders being goid or bad, that is a subjective thing. Remember Moses murdered but became the greatest Old Testament prophet. Paul also murdered, yet became the most famous follower of Christ. Do cast the first stone if any of you are sinless. For all have sinned and will go to hell but for the grace of God. BTW, Fr. Martins book is “Hostage to the Devil”.

    • You are out of touch. The subject is very simple and clear to all. DU30 skip the APEC gala. He must be either sick or faking or making alibi. This says all about DU30.

  5. The truth of the matter is, Digong, is alright, he is, just avoiding the people he has been insulting thru the international media.

    • Are you trying to imply that folks younger than Duterte can’t get sick, let alone on a regular basis?

  6. Duterte will not and cannot attend gala dinners among international leaders. Why? Because:
    1. Duterte cannot express himself
    2. Duterte does not have the personality of a leader among the other countries
    3. He has bad breath that why he keeps on chewing gum
    4. He is a “cry baby” looking for a friend.
    5. Duterte thought that Putin will listen to him. Putin in his mind said, “What the heck is this moron brown idiot thinks of himself? The Philippines is too poor to align to us superpowers”.
    6. No international leader will ever listen to this stupid Philippine president.

    Yasay looks stupid in the international world. Yasay failed in his practice as a lawyer in the U.S. because nobody in the U.S. trust his caliber as a lawyer. Even Filipinos in NY don’t trust him. He has no brains.

    • I agree agree with all 6 counts. Please add: Duterte is has a psychotic disorder. He needs to be admitted into a mental institution. When he gets better, he needs to be schooled on how to behave properly and how to act “presidential”. He still can’t comprehend that he is not a mayor anymore. He has been in the office for over 4 months and yet still acting like a kanto boy.