Duterte back in PHL from Thailand

President Rodrigo Duterte is sent off to the Philippines from the Don Mueang International Airport in Thailand after a four-day visit. /PCOO/

(Eagle News)–President Rodrigo Duterte is back in the Philippines from Thailand.

The President departed from the Don Mueang International Airport in Bangkok on Monday, Nov. 4, after a four-day visit.

He attended the 35th Association of Southeast Asian Nations Summit, where he discussed the South China Sea and ASEAN’s community-building agenda, among other things.

The President with fellow ASEAN leaders also attended the 14th East Asia Summit at the Impact Exhibition and Convention Center in Nonthaburi.

He, however, skipped the meeting of the ASEAN with the United States, and sent Foreign Affairs Secretary Teddy Locsin instead.

The Palace had said during the summit, the President and his counterparts “will explore ways to further promote inclusive and sustainable development and address the challenges posed by climate change, marine pollution and other environmental issues,” and discuss “trade tensions, geopolitical shifts and the Fourth Industrial Revolution.”

“Developments in the South China Sea, and other security concerns particularly terrorism, illicit drug trafficking and other transnational crimes will also be addressed,” the Palace had said.