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Duterte to skip Asean-Australia meet – Roque

By: - Reporter / @JhoannaBINQ
/ 12:34 PM March 05, 2018

President Rodrigo Duterte will not attend the Association of Southeast Asian Nations-Australia Special Summit in Sydney next week, the Palace spokesperson said on Monday.

Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said recent developments and events require Mr. Duterte’s presence in the country.

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One of these, Roque said, is the Philippine Military Academy (PMA) graduation.

Roque said Duterte sees the graduation as an “opportunity” to have a dialogue with young military officers.

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Foreign Affairs Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano will represent the President to the Asean-Australia Special Summit, according to Roque,

The Asean-Australia Special Summit will be held in Sydney, Australia on March 17 to 18, 2018.                        /kga

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