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Palace keeping fingers crossed on President’s APEC attendance

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MALACAÑANG is still looking forward to President Rodrigo Duterte’s showing up at the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Leaders’ Summit slated at Lima, Peru next week.

But presidential spokesperson Ernesto Abella said there would not be any face off  between  Duterte and US President Barack Obama.

Abella also said that the preparations by the Palace for the APEC summit is still on despite the pronouncement of Duterte of having second thoughts about attending the event owing to the travel time of up to 24 and even 36 hours.

Abella however is clueless whether or not the President is still interested in meeting Obama whom he has been lambasting for “interfering” in Philippine affairs.

No schedule for any bilateral meetings has been set in Peru including talks with Obama, Abella said.
“No, he simply was saying that he was really concerned about the travel, it takes about 24 to 36 hours, just traveling, that’s about practically two days and a half. Going one way. So it is a concern. But he was simply… I think he was just voicing some concerns ….Well, officially there… I don’t think there are any bilaterals. I’m not sure about any bilaterals. But who knows?”Abella said.