Duterte supports Chile’s decision to cancel APEC hosting

Marje Pelayo   •   November 3, 2019   •   644

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 calls for universal access to COVID-19 vaccine at APEC meeting

Marje Pelayo   •   November 23, 2020

MANILA, Philippines — President Rodrigo Duterte in his intervention at the first virtual summit of the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Leaders’ Meeting on Friday night stressed the importance of a comprehensive recovery process for all countries.

He called on APEC economies to ensure that medical supplies, COVID-19 vaccines, treatment and technologies related to the prevailing pandemic will be made available.

“We have to ensure the unimpeded flow of medical supplies and technologies, especially COVID-19 vaccines. It is folly to assume that there can be pockets of safe havens in the face of a global pandemic,” President Duterte said.

“We have to defeat the virus everywhere, or no one is safe. To do this, we need to strengthen partnerships to make vaccines a global public good,” he added.

He added that there are a number of mechanisms in place that can be maximized to improve regional cooperation on a universal access to vaccines.

Apart from this, the president also stressed the need for economic push to boost the economy and way of life in the region through free trade.

“The APEC Putrajaya Vision 2040 recognizes the pressing challenges of today and foresees those of the future. Through this Vision, we reaffirm our support for a free and rules-based multilateral trading system, with the World Trade Organization as its vanguard,” he said.

US President Donald Trump, who attended the summit, agreed on the free trade pact while Chinese President Xi Jinping encouraged each nation to defend multilateralism as well as participation in the creation of an Asia-Pacific Free Trade Zone.

This year’s APEC forum, hosted by Malaysia, approved the Putrajaya Vision 2040 – a 20-year growth vision.

It replaces the Bogor Goals and pushes for free trade and regional connectivity. MNP (with reports from Rosalie Coz)

Chile in ‘critical situation’ as coronavirus shows no signs of slowing

UNTV News   •   June 23, 2020

As the coronavirus continues to expand seemingly unchecked in Chile, health experts are warning of a “critical situation” facing the country and exponentially higher numbers of deaths if the epidemic is not brought under control.

The virus has exploded in Chile, prompting health officials to lock down the capital Santiago, the country’s economic engine, and force nearly 10 million of its citizens into lockdown.

Chile has confirmed nearly 247,000 cases of coronavirus and 4,502 deaths due to COVID-19.

Chile’s Budget Office said on Monday (June 22) the country’s economy would shrink 6.5% in 2020, a far deeper hole than predicted just two months prior as the coronavirus pandemic continues to pummel the South American country. (Reuters)

(Production: Esteban Medel)

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)

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