Duterte to attend 35th Asean summit in Thailand

President Rodrigo Duterte is scheduled to attend the 35th Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) in Bangkok, Thailand next month, Malacañang said on Friday.

Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo confirmed the attendance of the President, who recently suffered from “muscle spasms”, triggered by his Oct. 16 minor motorcycle accident in Manila.

Panelo said Duterte’s foreign trip would push through, despite the latter’s current physical condition.

He noted that the 74-year-old President is expected to fly to Bangkok on November 1.

“Oo (Yes), definitely,” Panelo told Palace reporters, when asked if Duterte would join the nine other Asean leaders in the 35th conference that will be held in Bangkok.

“He will be leaving on the first [of November] to Bangkok. Tuloy pa rin ’yun (That will push through),” he said.

Thailand will host the regional bloc’s 35th summit in Bangkok from November 2 to 4.

Aside from Thailand and the Philippines, the annual summit will be attended by leaders and delegates from eight other member-states, including Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Singapore, and Vietnam.

Other world leaders like those from the United States, China, Japan, South Korea, and the United Nations are also expected to grace the 35th Asean Summit. PNA.GOV.PH