Several cabinet secretaries of President Rodrigo Duterte described his performance in the just concluded Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) as brilliant.
This despite the controversy between Duterte and US President Barack Obama that led to the cancellation of their scheduled bilateral meeting in the sidelines of Asean.
Foreign Secretary Perfecto Yasay Jr. said that the prime ministers of Japan and Singapore all expressed their admiration on Duterte’s ability to grasp world issues despite the fact that he is just new to the international community.
Sec. Jesus Dureza said that the Chinese minister also approached him during the Asean and expressed the same admiration for Duterte.
SEC. PERFECTO YASAY JR.
Press Secretary Martin Andanar meawnhile said that based on the warm welcome President Duterte receives from fellow world leaders including the common people of Laos it is evident that the Philippine president is a rising leader in the region.
PRESS SECRETARY MARTIN ANDANAR
Duterte arrived in Jakarta, Indonesia from Laos around ten in the evening (local time). Upon arrival at the Shangri-La Hotel where he is billeted, Duterte readily went up to his room and refused to give any interview.