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President Rodrigo Duterte turned down the invitation to attend the United States- Association of Southeast Asian Nations (US-ASEAN) meeting in Washington, DC on Tuesday, April 26.
The US-ASEAN summit is scheduled on May 12 to 13, 2022 and the event will be hosted by the US President Joe Biden in Washington DC, USA.
Duterte said that attending the May 11 to 13 meeting would be unethical because his replacement will have already been chosen.
"May invitation kasi ako sa America to join ASEAN countries to have a dialogue with US President Joe Biden. Ang problema kasi the dates are May 11 to 13, ang aming conference. By the time tapos na ang eleksyon, malaman na natin kung sino ang bagong presidente," he said.
The summit was originally scheduled for March 2022, but it was postponed due to scheduling conflicts among national leaders, as well as Russia's ongoing invasion of Ukraine.
Contributed by Thimy Rose Noveno