MEETING between President Rodrigo Duterte and US President Barack Obama appears doubtful.
Duterte said he is still undecided on showing up at the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit in Peru middle of this month.
“It’s a long way across the globe. It will kill you. I will decide,” he said during a press conference in Davao City.
“Hindi ko kaya (ang trip). Malayo masyado. Ang route namin through New Zealand,” he added.
“Ang problema, baka magtuloy-tuloy sa South Pole,” he joked.
Duterte, who had just arrived from his state visit to Malaysia, said he discussed the APEC trip with Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process Jess Dureza and Foreign Affairs Secretary Perfecto Yasay.
Duterte said he didn’t want to go “kung kaya sana nila without my presence.”
“I’d rather not kasi malayo,” he said.
The officials advised that Duterte attend the four-day meeting to meet a leader, who he did not name.
This month’s event will be the last APEC meeting for United States President Barack Obama, who steps down from office in January 2017.
Duterte, however, denied that the officials were referring to a bilateral meeting with Obama.
The Economic Leaders’ Meeting is scheduled to be held in Lima from Nov. 19-20.
This is the first APEC meeting for Vietnamese President Tran Day Quang, Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte and the host, Peruvian President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski.