Philippine President Duterte Skips China’s Belt and Road Forum opening ceremony

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President Rodrigo Duterte, left, and Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen, walk after an opening the World Economic Forum on ASEAN, in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, Thursday, May 11, 2017. Some 700 people from 40 countries in the region has been attended this week the World Economic Forum on ASEAN that was held by impoverished Cambodia. AP/Heng Sinith

MANILA, Philippines — President Rodrigo Duterte did not attend the opening ceremony of the Belt and Road Forum (BRF) for International Cooperation in Beijing, Sunday morning.

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Sought for a comment, a source told PhilStar.com that there is no official word from Malacañang on why Duterte skipped the activity.

He has previously said that air travel tires him out. The president was in Hong Kong on Saturday and in Cambodia the day before.

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