Duterte supports Chile’s decision to cancel APEC hosting

Marje Pelayo   •   November 3, 2019   •   223

BANGKOK, Thailand — President Rodrigo Duterte expressed support for Chile’s decision to cancel its hosting of the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Summit set for November 16 to 17.

“The Office of the President therefore expresses the country’s support for Chile as it made the hard decision of cancelling its hosting of the AELM, taking into consideration the interest and concerns of the Chilean people, as its country endured massive street protests that was propelled by a civil disobedience campaign over metro transit hikes,” Malacañang in a statement through Spokesperson Salvador Panelo said on Friday (November 1).

Due to the ongoing public unrest, the Chilean government earlier pulled out as host of the APEC Economic Leaders Meeting.

Duterte earlier confirmed his intention to attend the APEC Economic Leaders Meeting which was supposed to bring together heads of governments to discuss trade relations and investments within the region.

Panelo said Foreign Affairs Secretary Teodoro Locsin, Jr. and Trade Secretary Ramon Lopez were supposed to join the President in Chile to meet with their counterparts during this years’  final meetings of APEC Senior Officials, APEC Foreign Affairs and Trade Ministers and Leaders.

Panelo emphasized the Philippines’ trade and commercial relations with APEC economies which, according to the official, accounts for 84% of the total trade of the Philippines worldwide, 82% total exports worldwide, and 85% of its total imports and 64% of foreign direct investment into the Philippines, and 83% of tourist arrivals.

“It is also worth noting that 56% of Filipinos abroad call the APEC region their home, and our overseas Filipino workers in this region account for the 57% of the total annual remittances the we receive in the country. As such, there are 33 Philippine Government agencies engaged in the APEC process,” Panelo said.

“The Palace thanks Chile, which is currently the home to approximately 800 Filipinos, mostly women, for its hard work in advocating for inclusive and sustainable growth in the region, such as by prioritizing women empowerment and promoting micro, small, and medium scale enterprises,” he added.

The Philippine government also expressed its continued support in ensuring that the two countries’ citizens  enjoy the benefits of deeper regional economic integration.

Duterte to seek doctor’s advice on travel to APEC in Chile – Malacañang

Marje Pelayo   •   October 30, 2019

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte joins other leaders during the plenary session of the 16th Annual Meeting of the Valdai Discussion Club at the Polyana 1389 Hotel in Sochi, Russia on October 3, 2019. RICHARD MADELO/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

MANILA, Philippines – Malacañang confirmed that President Rodrigo Duterte will consult with his doctor regarding his travel to Chile for the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Leaders’ Summit.

According to Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo said it is not yet certain if the Chief Executive will push through with the said business trip on November 16 to 17.

Meanwhile, Panelo assured the President’s attendance in the 35th Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Summit in Thailand this weekend.

Depende kasi iyan sa consultation niya sa doktor niya, (It depends on his consultation with his doctor,)” Panelo said.

“Kung ayaw siya pagbiyahehin ng doktor niya, bakit naman siya magbibiyahe, (If the [doctor] says no, why will he go?),” he added. – MNP (with reports from Rosalie Coz)

DFA urges Filipinos in Chile to stay indoors amid violent protests

Robie de Guzman   •   October 23, 2019

Hundreds of protesters participate in a demonstration at the central Plaza Italia, in Santiago, Chile, 22 October 2019. EPA-EFE/ALBERTO VALDES

MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) on Wednesday urged Filipinos in Chile to remain indoors amid ongoing violent protests against the government there.

“Filipinos are advised to stay indoors and avoid unnecessary travel to affected areas, specifically in central Santiago and areas around submetro and bus stations,” the DFA said in a statement.

The advisory issued on Wednesday was a reiteration of the one issued by the Philippine Embassy in Santiago for Filipinos to take necessary precautions in view of the declaration of a State of Emergency in Grand Santiago on Oct. 19 which has since been extended to Chucabuco, Puente Alto, San Bernardo, Concepcion, Valparaiso, Iquique, Maipu, and other provinces.

The department said there are around 800 Filipino workers in Chile, which has been plagued with violent protests over a hike in public transport and other issues on economic equality this month.

“The State of Emergency is said to last for 15 days. No Filipino has been reported affected from the ongoing protests, according to Ambassador to Chile Ma. Teresita C. Daza,” the DFA said.

The DFA assured that its Embassy will continue to monitor developments of the State of Emergency in Santiago, and provide advisory on the peace and security situation in Chile, when necessary.

Filipinos in need of assistance in Chile may contact the Embassy Hotline number at +56-94-272-0320.

No Filipinos hurt in Magnitude 6.8 Chile quake last Sunday – DFA

Robie de Guzman   •   October 2, 2019

MANILA, Philippines – No Filipinos were hurt in the magnitude 6.8 earthquake that struck off the coast of Chile on Sunday, Sept. 29, the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) said Wednesday.

“Ambassador to Chile Ma. Teresita C. Daza confirmed that no Filipino was directly affected by the earthquake, following a monitoring activity it has conducted with leaders and coordinators of Filipino communities to ascertain the safety and welfare of overseas Filipinos in Chile,” the DFA said in a statement.

There are around 860 Filipino migrants in Chile, the DFA said.

The department assured the Philippine Embassy will continue to monitor the situation in the area and is ready to provide assistance when necessary.

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