- President Duterte left his country on Thursday night to attend the 32nd ASEAN Summit
- This ASEAN Summit’s theme is “Resilience and Innovation”
- Duterte also expected to meet with the Filipino community in Singapore, the host country and several business leaders
President Rodrigo Duterte left the country on Thursday night and flew via an 8-seater private plane to Singapore to attend the 32nd Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Summit on April 27 and 28.
Duterte took a flight in the private jet in what Malacañang said was a bid to save government money.
“If you now want to know kung ano ‘yung eroplano ko, ‘yung diyan sa harap [it’s at the front]. It’s a jet which I borrowed but I will have to pay for the fuel and sa mga piloto. I’ll pay for the gas and the allowances. Hindi sweldo, allowances lang ng piloto pati one stewardess, [not salary, only the pilots’ and a stewardess’ allowances]“ Duterte said before leaving.
ASEAN member-states leaders are expected to discuss relevant issues including the security tensions in the disputed South China Sea, terrorism, and the crisis in Myanmar.
This ASEAN Summit’s theme is “Resilience and Innovation.”
Meanwhile, the Palace said Duterte would focus on the rights and welfare of OFWs, maritime security, and economic development and integration.
“As a responsible state, the Philippines remains committed to engage our partners to achieve the change that we want and need. Rest assured that your government will take every opportunity [and] use every available venue to uphold and protect the rights of our countrymen working abroad,” Duterte said.
Duterte is also expected to meet with the Filipino community in the host country and several business leaders on April 28. He is set to return to the Philippines on the same day.