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DIP IN BUSINESS CONFIDENCE SHOULDN'T BE ATTRIBUTED TO RODY
[RELATED: Andanar [like his boss the President] admits having regrets in accepting Cabinet post]


NOVEMBER 28 -Malacañang on Monday said the decline in business confidence in the last quarter of the year as shown by a Central Bank survey should not be attributed to President Rodrigo Duterte and his policies.
Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas’ latest business expectations survey showed firms’ overall confidence index at 39.8 percent in the 4th quarter, the lowest in more than two years. It was also lower than the 45.4 percent recorded in the third quarter. In a statement, Communications Secretary Martin Andanar attributed the decline to “global uncertainties” including the recent US presidential election, which he said resulted in “risk aversion as investors prefer to adopt a ‘wait-and-see’ mode.” “As we are fully aware, global uncertainties are growing due to recent events such as Brexit, Trump’s election as next US president, and slower-than- anticipated global recovery,” Andanar said. READ MORE...RELATED, Andanar [like his boss the President] admits having regrets in accepting Cabinet post...

ALSO: Du30 advanced guards in Marawi bombed - 9 hurt in PSG convoy
[RELATED: Keep calm and carry on amid terror alert; No disruption in normal lives but expect beefed-up security, Malacañang says]


NOVEMBER 29 -BEAR HUG STRATEGY. President Rodrigo Duterte welcomes Moro National Liberation Front Chairman Nur Misuari, facing charges of rebellion and violation of the Philippine Act on Crimes Against International Humanitarian Law, Genocide and Other Crimes Against Humanity in connection with the 2013 Zamboanga siege which killed more than 100 and 100,000 displaced, when the latter called on the former at Malacañang Monday.
FORT MAGSAYSAY—Nine soldiers were injured with two in critical condition after an improvised explosive device exploded at a presidential convoy at Marawi City. Army spokesperson Restituto Padilla said that a convoy of Presidential Security Group personnel, state television RTVM and local troop escorts who were supposed to do advance work ahead of President Rodrigo Duterte’s visit to Butig, Lanao del Sur on Wednesday were waylaid after unidentified gunmen fired on the military convoy at Barangay Emie Punod in Marawi City at 10:30 a.m. Despite these threats, Duterte said he would push through with his visit Wednesday. READ MORE...RRELATED, Keep calm and carry on amid terror alert; No disruption in normal lives but expect beefed-up security, Malacañang says...

ALSO: ARMY RECAPTURED BUTIG - Maute fighters retreat to Butig's fringes, plant booby traps


DECEMBER 2 -PHOTO DU30 IN BUTIG: Last week, Duterte offered an olive branch to Maute, questioning why it wanted to take orders from Islamic State.
BUTIG, Lanao Del Sur - State forces have flushed out the Maute terror group from the heart of this town and are now conducting clearing operations for booby traps left by the ISIS-linked fighters. The Philippine Army on Thursday recaptured Butig's unused town hall which served as the last stronghold of Maute terrorists after soldiers retook the madrasa, national high school and other vital installations. As of the latest report from the Armed Forces, 61 terrorists have been killed while 35 soldiers have been injured. The military said there will be no let-up in its offensive even as the Maute Group retreats to their camps in the town's fringes. READ MORE...

ALSO: Black Wednesday - Thousands at EDSA to protest Marcos burial
[RELATED: So where in the world is Sen. “Quietano”? -I’m just here, working -Alan.]
[RELATED(2): Duterte to protesters - Let Marcos rest, he’s dead]


NOVEMBER 30 -EDSA MONUMENT:Anti-Marcos individuals and organizations gathered anew in less than a week to protest the late dictator's burial at the Libingan ng mga Bayani, this time at the People Power Monument on EDSA on occassion of Bonifacio Day. The Quezon City Police District said the crowd was at 3,000 at past 5 p.m. Organizers claimed the protesters reached 20,000 around 2 p.m. Protesters against the Marcos burial first gathered at the Luneta on Friday. As with the Luneta demonstration, those that gathered on EDSA wore black. They included students and members of the academe from the University of the Philippines, Ateneo De Manila University, De La Salle of the Philippines, University of Santo Tomas, and St. Scholastica's College. READ MORE...RELATED
So where in the world is Sen. “Quietano”? I’m just here, working... RELATED(2)Duterte to protesters: Let Marcos rest, he’s dead...

ALSO: Palace denies Duterte passed out on way to meeting on Monday
[RELATED: Last week in Peru, Du30 not able to join APEC gala dinner, photo ops due to 'jet lag']
[RELATED(2): Duterte’s health ‘good’ amid text news report of passing out]
[RELATED(3): Palace - Duterte stronger than a carabao]


NOVEMBER 28 -Presidential spokesperson Ernesto Abella. JOAN BONDOC/INQUIRER FILE PHOTO
Malacañang has denied reports that President Duterte “passed out” on his way to attend a meeting on Monday. In a text message to the Philippine Daily Inquirer, Presidential spokesperson Ernesto Abella said: “No such thing (happened).” Presidential Communications Secretary Martin Andanar and Special Presidential Assistant Christopher Go also both denied that the President had collapsed.Reporters covering Malacañang received text messages past Monday noon claiming Mr. Duterte “passed out” moments before he was set to attend a meeting in the Palace. The President was supposed to meet with senior Bangladeshi officials at 2:30 p.m., but he had to skip the meeting “due to pressing matters that demand the President’s immediate attention,” said Abella.
Abella said the representatives of the Bangladeshi government had met with the appropriate heads of agencies to discuss their concern regarding the stolen $81 million from the Bangladesh bank, which was laundered in the Philippines. SFM/rga FULL REPORT , RELATED, Duterte not able to join APEC gala dinner, family photo due to 'jet lag'... RELATED(2), Duterte’s health ‘good’ amid text news report of passing out... RELATED(3) Palace - Duterte stronger than a carabao...


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Palace: Dip in business confidence shouldn’t be attributed to Duterte

MANILA, DECEMBER 5, 2016 (INQUIRER) By Yuji Vincent Gonzales @YGonzalesINQ November 28, 2016 - Malacañang on Monday said the decline in business confidence in the last quarter of the year as shown by a Central Bank survey should not be attributed to President Rodrigo Duterte and his policies.

Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas’ latest business expectations survey showed firms’ overall confidence index at 39.8 percent in the 4th quarter, the lowest in more than two years. It was also lower than the 45.4 percent recorded in the third quarter.

In a statement, Communications Secretary Martin Andanar attributed the decline to “global uncertainties” including the recent US presidential election, which he said resulted in “risk aversion as investors prefer to adopt a ‘wait-and-see’ mode.”

“As we are fully aware, global uncertainties are growing due to recent events such as Brexit, Trump’s election as next US president, and slower-than- anticipated global recovery,” Andanar said.

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“However, we remain confident that domestic economic fundamentals are strong and further reforms in the fiscal sector can help our country become more resilient in the years ahead,” he added.

Teresita Deveza, deputy director at BSP’s department of economic statistics, said the less buoyant business outlook was due to perceived concerns over foreign policies and economic reforms, weakening global demand, foreign exchange losses of importers due to peso depreciation, and lack of supply of raw materials.

In October, Duterte declared an “economic separation” from the Philippines’ long-time ally the United States, amid a declared pivot to China./rga

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Andanar [like his boss the President] admits having regrets in accepting Cabinet post By Alexis Romero (The Philippine Star) | Updated December 2, 2016 - 12:00am 2 14 googleplus0 0

MANILA, Philippines - Just like his boss, Presidential Communications Office Secretary Martin Andanar admits having some regrets joining the government.

“It’s like the song of Frank Sinatra, ‘Regrets I’ve had a few. But then again, too few to mention’,” Andanar said over dzMM yesterday.

He went on to sing some lines of “My Way,” which was popularized by Sinatra in 1969, as he was asked whether it could be lonely doing his job.

Despite his regrets, Andanar said he was ready to face his job’s challenges.

“We know the work of a Cabinet secretary and we accept it,” he added.

Before joining the government, Andanar was a news anchor of TV5 and a host of Radyo 5 News FM.

President Duterte previously said he would not have sought the presidency if he could turn back time.

He also complained that he lost his personal freedom for a small salary.

“You know, if I can go back in time, I would decide not to run for president. Honestly, swear to God. If this is just a bad dream, I hope it is,” Duterte said in a speech delivered in Davao City last June 27.

There have been criticisms that Andanar and the rest of Duterte’s communication team do not accurately convey the insights of the President to the public.

For instance, Duterte’s officials claimed that he had skipped the Southeast Asian leaders’ meeting with US President Barack Obama in Laos last September because he was not feeling well. The President later on contradicted this, saying he did not attend the event because of Obama, who had been critical of the Philippines’ anti-drug war.

There have also been instances when Duterte’s spokespersons had to hold press briefings to clarify his controversial pronouncements, many of which, they claimed, were “taken out of context.”


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Duterte guards bombed: 9 hurt as PSG convoy attacked in Marawi posted November 29, 2016 at 10:01 pm by John Paolo Bencito


WITH MISUARI BEAR HUG STRATEGY. President Rodrigo Duterte welcomes Moro National Liberation Front Chairman Nur Misuari, facing charges of rebellion and violation of the Philippine Act on Crimes Against International Humanitarian Law, Genocide and Other Crimes Against Humanity in connection with the 2013 Zamboanga siege which killed more than 100 and 100,000 displaced, when the latter called on the former at Malacañang Monday.

FORT MAGSAYSAY—Nine soldiers were injured with two in critical condition after an improvised explosive device exploded at a presidential convoy at Marawi City.

Army spokesperson Restituto Padilla said that a convoy of Presidential Security Group personnel, state television RTVM and local troop escorts who were supposed to do advance work ahead of President Rodrigo Duterte’s visit to Butig, Lanao del Sur on Wednesday were waylaid after unidentified gunmen fired on the military convoy at Barangay Emie Punod in Marawi City at 10:30 a.m.

Despite these threats, Duterte said he would push through with his visit Wednesday.

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“There is trouble there in Mindanao, it’s within control but it’s a troublesome thing so I have to go there,” Duterte said in his speech during the inauguration of a drug rehabilitation facility here.

“The advance party belonging to the Presidential Security Group was ambushed a while ago. They were hit by an IED. But I’m going there. I’m going there because—I am just simply going there,” he said. “The advice was to postpone. I said, ‘No, I will go there’ and if possible, take the same route.”

WOUNDED SOLDIERS

Among those reported wounded were Capt. Zamora, Ssg. Damaso, Cpl. Inova, Cpl. De Leon, Sgt. Garcia, Pfc. Gonzalez and Pfc. Panisa of the PSG. Two other personnel from the 65th Infantry Battalion, Cpl. Galintia and Cpl. Corpuz, were also hurt.

Most were slightly injured except for two PSG members who sustained serious injuries.
 A presidential chopper immediately airlifted the seriously injured and four others to Cagayan de Oro City for emergency care.

Other members of the convoy were given first-aid treatment while pursuit operations were ongoing.

Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana played down the attack, saying it was meant to taun the President, who was scheduled to be in Butig Wednesday.

The Palace said that they will never tolerate such attacks on members of the PSG.

“The President has consistently expressed concern for uniformed personnel who bravely walk in harm’s way so we can live in peace and freedom. We assure our brave men and women who put their lives on the line for duty and country that their Commander-in-Chief will never abandon them in their time,” Communications Secretary Martin Andanar said in a statement.

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Palace: Keep calm and carry on amid terror alert; No disruption in normal lives but expect beefed-up security, Malacañang says 0 SHARES Share it! Updated December 1, 2016, 5:43 PM By Genalyn Kabiling


PNP director general Ronald dela Rosa presented the two main suspects in the foiled bombing near the US Embassy at Camp Crame, Quezon City on Thursday, Dec. 1, 2016. Camille Ante | mb.com.ph

The public can still have normal lives despite the government’s decision to raise the terror alert level 3 across the country, Malacañang said on Thursday, December 1.

Presidential communications secretary Martin Andanar, however, said the public should expect intensified security measures such as mobile checkpoints amid terror threats, admitting that there is “no such thing as perfect security.”

“We assure the public that there will be no disruption in their normal lives even if we have raised our security level in the same vein that there was no change in the way they live, work, or conduct business now that the country is under state of national emergency on the account of lawless violence,” Andanar said.

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Philippine National Police director general Ronald dela Rosa has raised the country’s terror alert level following the arrest of two suspects behind the botched bombing near the United States embassy in Manila. Dela Rosa urged the public to remain calm yet vigilant as authorities move to quell terror threats.

Read more: PH under ‘terror alert level 3’ after foiled Manila bomb plot

Andanar said the police force have been placed “in extreme alert for terrorists who might commit similar acts of planting bombs in Metro Manila.” Additional security measures will be taken such intensified mobile checkpoints, intelligence activities and law enforcement operations.

“There is no such thing as perfect security but what is more important is authorities have successfully disarmed an improvised explosive device (IED) which could have wreaked havoc to the lives of our people,” Andanar said.

He said placing the Philippines under terror alert level 3 is consistent with the President’s declaration of state of national emergency on account of lawless violence in Mindanao last September.


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ARMY RECAPTURED BUTIG: Maute fighters retreat to Butig's fringes, plant booby traps ABS-CBN News Posted at Dec 01 2016 09:49 AM | Updated as of Dec 01 2016 06:05 PM


DU30 IN BUTIG: Last week, Duterte offered an olive branch to Maute, questioning why it wanted to take orders from Islamic State.

BUTIG, Lanao Del Sur - State forces have flushed out the Maute terror group from the heart of this town and are now conducting clearing operations for booby traps left by the ISIS-linked fighters.

The Philippine Army on Thursday recaptured Butig's unused town hall which served as the last stronghold of Maute terrorists after soldiers retook the madrasa, national high school and other vital installations.

As of the latest report from the Armed Forces, 61 terrorists have been killed while 35 soldiers have been injured.

The military said there will be no let-up in its offensive even as the Maute Group retreats to their camps in the town's fringes.

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"The town is deserted and the Maute is withdrawing towards the mountain," said military spokesman Brigadier-General Restituto Padilla.

"They have been decimated. The capability to sustain and get back to the fight is no longer there."

ABS-CBN News is still seeking clearance to enter the town center, which is expected to have sustained heavy damage from the artillery and bombs which killed dozens of rebels.

The Maute group is being linked to the Sept. 2 bombing in Duterte's home city, Davao, which killed 14 people and wounded more than 70.

The Maute group is being linked to the Sept. 2 bombing in Duterte's home city, Davao, which killed 14 people and wounded more than 70.

READ: 'Maute Group' men arrested over Davao City blast

Last week, Duterte offered an olive branch to Maute, questioning why it wanted to take orders from Islamic State.

READ: Duterte wants to befriend Maute group

"Maute, they are inspired by ISIS," Duterte said in a speech, using an abbreviation that refers to Islamic State. "I did not want to wage a war against my own countrymen. Please do not force my hand."

But he vowed not to relent.

"When the time comes, it's going to be a war against terrorism and drugs and I will tell you now, I will be harsh," Duterte said. "As harsh as I can ever be."

Separately, two persons of interest were taken into police custody Wednesday over the planting of a homemade bomb near the U.S. embassy. The device was detonated safely by police, who suspect the Maute of being behind it.

The Army's 103rd Infantry Brigade also said Maute sympathizers may have been responsible for an ambush that wounded seven presidential guards and two soldiers in Butig, Lanao del Sur on Tuesday.

READ: Fake ambush? Gov't insists Duterte advance party was attacked


GMA NEWS NETWORK

BLACK WEDNESDAY Thousands return to EDSA to protest Marcos hero’s burial Published November 30, 2016 8:10pm By JOSEPH TRISTAN ROXAS, GMA News


EDSA MONUMENT

Anti-Marcos individuals and organizations gathered anew in less than a week to protest the late dictator's burial at the Libingan ng mga Bayani, this time at the People Power Monument on EDSA on occassion of Bonifacio Day.

The Quezon City Police District said the crowd was at 3,000 at past 5 p.m. Organizers claimed the protesters reached 20,000 around 2 p.m.

Protesters against the Marcos burial first gathered at the Luneta on Friday.

As with the Luneta demonstration, those that gathered on EDSA wore black.

They included students and members of the academe from the University of the Philippines, Ateneo De Manila University, De La Salle of the Philippines, University of Santo Tomas, and St. Scholastica's College.

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Organizations of Martial Law victims such as the Bantayog ng mga Bayani Foundation and Claimants 1081 also attended the rally, and members of the religious sector including priests and nuns.

Dubbed Siklab Bayan, Wednesday's rally was organized by the Coalition Against the Marcos Burial in LNMB to criticize the Duterte administration for allowing the hero's burial of the late strongman.

"True to its name, the massive protest marks the fiery and vigorous response of citizens nationwide, especially among the youth, to the stealthy and secret hero's burial of the dictator Marcos," CAMB-LNMB organizer Jozy Acosta-Nisperos said.

Nisperos said the multi-partisan and multi-sectoral gathering at the People Power Monument was historical revisionism and the return of the Marcoses to powe

'Generally peaceful'

National Capital Region Police Office spokesperson Chief Insp. Kim Molitas said the rally was generally peaceful since the program started at 4 p.m.

"The protest has been generally peaceful. Total of more or less [3,200] people from various groups graced the occasion," Molitas said in a text message.

Molitas added about 400 pro-government marchers went to the People Power Monument but no untoward incident happened between the pro- and anti- groups.

"Also just to note that pro government composed of around 400 also went to the EDSA Shrine.. no untoward incident happened while rallies were being carried out," she said. —NB, GMA News

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Where is Sen. ‘Quietano’? I’m just here, working  By: Tarra Quismundo - Reporter / @TarraINQ Philippine Daily Inquirer / 01:26 AM December 03, 2016


Sen. Alan Peter Cayetano. Lyn Rillon/Inquirer

So where in the world is Sen. “Quietano”?

Key administration ally Sen. Alan Peter Cayetano has been put on the defensive after critics questioned his silence over the burial of strongman Ferdinand Marcos at Manila’s heroes’ cemetery, but the usually verbose politician insisted on Friday that he remains opposed to the interment.

“I’m here, working hard,” Cayetano said.

Cayetano, who has drawn flak for keeping silent about the burial last month, stressed he had not changed his conviction even as he said his political loyalty to President Rodrigo Duterte trumped whatever role his presence could have contributed if he joined protest marches on the streets.

“The critics just have to accept that I have a different role now. I’m not the administration’s fiscalizer. I am one of this administration’s most ardent supporters,” Cayetano told the Inquirer.

“Sometimes I will disagree, I continue to support but, as the President said, as long as it doesn’t involve corruption. It’s a different matter if the administration is caught for corruption,” he said.

He said he has done his part “as fiscalizer” when he was in the opposition.

“I have my own ways of bringing up to the President what I think is right or wrong, but in the end, he will be the one to decide, because he is the President,” he stressed.

Cayetano said he has made it clear that he was opposed to the burial and had even proposed to change the name of the cemetery to “Libingan ng mga Bayani at Diktador” as early as August.

The lawmaker made such statements in various interviews since June, even before Mr. Duterte took his oath of office.

Cayetano was with the President in Peru attending the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (Apec) summit when the burial was carried out, touching off massive street protests, including by those from the left-leaning groups that backed President Duterte.

“First of all, I haven’t been quiet. I’ve been focused on doing my work and my role in this administration,” Cayetano said.

He said those allied with former President Benigno Aquino III were behind the criticism over his silence as they “want to drive a wedge between the President and me.”

NOT MY ROLE THIS TIME TO BE IN THE STREETS

“When some people were silent about the Marcoses, I was in the different forums talking about the accountability of the Marcos family,” Cayetano said, stressing that he was the first to disagree with the burial.

Both Cayetano and the dictator’s son and namesake, Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos, lost the vice presidency in May.

“Will the President change his mind if I keep repeating it in his ear? I was advising and helping him in the Apec, so should I ignore the bilateral meetings so I could join the rally?” Cayetano said.

“I haven’t kept quiet. Everyone has [his or her] role. And it is not my role at this point in time to be in the streets and rallying. My role, at this point in time, is helping the President in the capacity that he feels I can help him,” he said.


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Duterte to protesters: Let Marcos rest, he’s dead Published November 30, 2016 9:35pm By TRISHA MACAS, GMA News

President Rodrigo Duterte on Wednesday told protesters against the burial of Ferdinand Marcos at the Libingan ng mga Bayani to let the dead former dictator rest.

"Alam mo, pagpahingahin n'yo na si Marcos. Patay na 'yun," he said in a chance interview at Camp Evangelista Station Hospital in Cagayan de Oro City.

Duterte made the remark amid protests against the surprise burial of the strongman at the Heroes' Cemetery on November 18.

The controversial interment angered victims of the human rights violations during the dictatorship as well as the young Filipinos who weren't born yet when Martial Law was declared in 1972.

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The burial was done just 10 days after the Supreme Court voted 9-5 to find no legal impediment to the planned the burial.

It said the executive brance committed no grave abuse of discretion in allowing Marcos to be interred at the heroes' cemetery.

Duterte while visiting Ilocos Norte during the campaign season in February said that he would allow Marcos' burial at the Libingan.

He greenlighted the burial in August, pointing out that Marcos was qualified to be interred at the cemetery because he was a soldier and a president.

He said that Ilokanos had been hurt for too long because the Marcos family had been barred from burying their patriarch at the Libingan. —NB, GMA News


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Palace denies Duterte passed out on way to meeting By: Marlon Ramos - Reporter / @MRamosINQ Philippine Daily Inquirer / 03:08 PM November 28, 2016


Presidential spokesperson Ernesto Abella. JOAN BONDOC/INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

MANILA — Malacañang has denied reports that President Duterte “passed out” on his way to attend a meeting on Monday.

In a text message to the Philippine Daily Inquirer, Presidential spokesperson Ernesto Abella said: “No such thing (happened).”

Presidential Communications Secretary Martin Andanar and Special Presidential Assistant Christopher Go also both denied that the President had collapsed.

Reporters covering Malacañang received text messages past Monday noon claiming Mr. Duterte “passed out” moments before he was set to attend a meeting in the Palace.

The President was supposed to meet with senior Bangladeshi officials at 2:30 p.m., but he had to skip the meeting “due to pressing matters that demand the President’s immediate attention,” said Abella.

Abella said the representatives of the Bangladeshi government had met with the appropriate heads of agencies to discuss their concern regarding the stolen $81 million from the Bangladesh bank, which was laundered in the Philippines. SFM/rga

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Duterte not able to join APEC gala dinner, family photo due to 'jet lag' By Alexis Romero (philstar.com) | Updated November 21, 2016 - 9:20pm 3 91 googleplus0 0


Former President Fidel Ramos on Monday criticized President Rodrigo Duterte’s move to skip the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation’s (APEC) gala dinner and photo session in Lima, Peru. For Ramos, in so far as Duterte and his Cabinet members are concerned, the president was negligible for missing the gala dinner and the group photo session of APEC leaders. “As president, it is his duty to be there at all times kahit na masama ang pakiramdam,” he said in a press conference. PHILSTAR FILE

LIMA, Peru — Jet lag prevented President Rodrigo Duterte from attending key events of this year’s Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC), which formally ended Monday.

Duterte, who previously admitted that he hates long travels, said he skipped the APEC gala dinner and the shooting of the APEC leaders’ family photo because he was too sleepy to attend them.

“You know why (I did not make it)? Jet lag… exactly at that time that’s my sleeping time back home in the Philippines,” the president told reporters in a press conference here.

The president explained that he usually sleeps at 3 a.m. to 5 a.m. so he had difficulty adjusting to the APEC’s schedule of activities.

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“I can’t prevent my eyes from closing sometimes. I was even listening to others and my eyes would close,” Duterte said.

“I said it’s not good to be somebody. The greats of the convention would be there and I would be there with my eyes closed. I said I’d rather go home,” he added.

“But I was not able to sleep. But I was really sleepy that time. It’s simply a jet lag.”

Duterte had asked Foreign Affairs Secretary Perfecto Yasay Jr. to represent him in the events that he skipped.

RELATED: Duterte not feeling well, skips APEC gala dinner

“I was not able to attend the socials because I wanted the secretary of Foreign Affairs… I wanted to promote his acting career,” the president said in jest.

There have been speculations that Duterte skipped some APEC events because he does not want to see outgoing United States President Barack Obama, who has criticized his war on illegal drugs.

Last September, Duterte was a no-show during a dialogue between Southeast Asian leaders and Obama in Laos. Cabinet officials claimed then that Duterte was not feeling well but the president later on revealed that he skipped the event “out of principle.” No interaction with Obama

Duterte claimed that he did not have an opportunity with Obama during the APEC summit.

“No. I was not looking around. Right after I entered the room I was reading the proposed basic principles which we approved this afternoon. I was reading it. I did not have a copy of it,” he said.

“But I stood up because the… Vietnamese premier went to me to thank me for the release of their fisherfolk who were apprehended within our water. So I was busy.”

Duterte then joked about Russia President Vladimir Putin supposedly whispering to him something about ignoring some people and not looking at their direction.

Despite his failure to show up in some events, Duterte said the APEC summit was “productive” and “very informative” for a first-timer like him.

“You have the information and the things that you have to do to improve on everything: climate change, mitigation and all, resilient crops, sharing of technology, for example, (are) very important,” he said.

“And Russia, China, were the most eager countries to invite and Vietnam. They are ready to share new technologies and the mitigation.”

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Palace says Duterte’s health ‘good’ amid rumors of passing out By Rosette Adel (philstar.com) | Updated November 28, 2016 - 6:02pm 15 142 googleplus0 0


President Rodrigo Duterte's mental and physical health is good, the Palace reiterated. PPD/King Rodriguez

MANILA, Philippines — Malacañang on Monday denied text messages saying President Rodrigo Duterte passed out.

The Palace then assured the public that the president is “in good physical and mental health.”

“He (Duterte) is strong and agile and can stand the responsibilities and demands of the presidency,” Presidential Communications Office chief Secretary Martin Andanar said in a statement.

On Monday, reports said text messages circulated that Duterte passed out before he was set to attend a meeting at the Palace. Presidential spokesperson Ernesto Abella quickly denied the news saying no such thing happened.

Duterte was slated to meet with senior Bangladeshi officials at 2:30 p.m. However, Abella said the president will miss the meeting due to pressing matters that demanded his immediate attention.

Early November, Malacañang also said the 71-year-old Duterte is as strong as a carabao despite his statement that all persons his age suffer ailments.

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Palace: Duterte stronger than a carabao By Alexis Romero (philstar.com) | Updated November 6, 2016 - 6:10pm 34 5345 googleplus0 0


Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte addresses the crowd during a news conference prior to boarding his flight for a three-day official visit to Japan at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport in suburban Pasay city, south of Manila, Philippines, Tuesday, Oct. 25, 2016. Duterte lashed out anew at the United States following Monday's interview with U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs Daniel Russel who said that Duterte's controversial remarks and a "real climate of uncertainty" about the government's intentions have sparked consternation in the U.S. and other governments and in the corporate world. AP Photo/Bullit Marquez

MANILA, Philippines — President Rodrigo Duterte remains physically fit for the job, Malacañang said Sunday, after the 72-year old Philippine leader declared that all persons his age are sick.

Presidential Communications Secretary Martin Andanar said the president is not complaining of any ailment and is still going from one province to another.

“Mas malakas pa sa kalabaw si pangulo (The president is stronger than a carabao),” Andanar told state-run radio station dzRB.

“You saw the activities of the president on TV. You saw him in Samar. Later on, he was in Pangasinan. After that, you saw in Facebook Live that he was in Davao. It would be impossible for someone who is not healthy to do the things that the president is doing,” he added.

Last Friday, Duterte said every 72-year old person in this planet is sick but did not say what is ailing him.

“I’m 72 years old. Do not ask me if I am sick. Every 72 years old in this planet is sick. That would be a very silly question,” the president said during the regional convention of the Integrated Bar of the Philippines in Manila.

During the campaign period, Duterte admitted that he had illnesses but claimed that they are not fatal. He said he had acute bronchitis and a migraine that was connected to a spinal injury he sustained in a motorcycle mishap in the 1960s.

ESOPHAGUS, LEG CIRCULATION

Duterte also had Barrett’s Esophagus, a condition wherein the tissue connecting one’s mouth and stomach or esophagus is replaced by tissue similar to those in the intestines, and Buerger’s disease, an ailment linked to smoking that affects the arteries and veins in the arms and legs.

Duterte seems to be sensitive when it comes to his health.

Months before he assumed the presidency, he criticized a Davao-based reporter for asking him about his health.

“He (reporter) asked me, ‘How is your health?’ I said I was fine, I was good. And he replied… ‘Where is your medical report?’ I was offended,” Duterte said.

“If I tell you, ‘What is the condition of your wife’s vagina?’” he added.

Duterte even posed a challenge to the media to prove that he is in perfect shape.

“Let’s go to my house and I’ll do the treadmill for one hour plus,” Duterte said in a press conference in Davao City last May 25.

“I’ll do the treadmill for one hour and 30 minutes. I will even do it longer than that. If I falter, I’ll resign. If I do it for two hours, you resign. I challenge you,” he added.

Months before the May 2016 polls, Duterte had a verbal exchange with then Liberal Party presidential bet Manuel Roxas II, whom he accused of spreading rumors that he had cancer.

Roxas denied the accusation, saying he would not use cancer as a political gimmick because his father and his brother died of the illness.


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