Duterte leaves for Thailand

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DAVAO CITY — President Rodrigo Duterte left on Friday night for the Kingdom of Thailand, to attend the 35th Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) Summit.

Duterte left Davao City at 6:14 p.m. and he arrived in Bangkok at about 11:25, Friday night.

In a statement, the Palace said the President would join other leaders from Asean and Dialogue Partners “to advance Asean’s community-building agenda aimed at ensuring greater peace, security, and prosperity in the Asia Pacific.”

“In line with the theme ‘Advancing Partnerships for Sustainability,’ the President and his regional counterparts will explore ways to further promote inclusive and sustainable development and address the challenges posed by climate change, marine pollution, and other environmental issues,” the Palace said.

Duterte has designated Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea as officer-in-charge of the national government during the Thailand trip, his fourth since taking office in 2016.

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