Duterte arrives in Singapore for ASEAN Summit

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, November 12) — President Rodrigo Duterte arrived in Singapore Monday night, to attend the 33rd Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Summit and Related Summits this week.

Neither the President's departure from Davao City nor his arrival in Singapore was covered by media, however, reports said his plane arrived in Changi Airport at around 8:23 p.m.

The Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) shared a video of Duterte's arrival at his hotel in the city state where he spoke briefly to officials and posed for photos.

Among the officials accompanying the President are Presidential Legal Adviser Salvador Panelo and PCOO Secretary Martin Andanar.

Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea will serve as officer-in-charge while the President is abroad.

The Department of Foreign Affairs said Duterte is expected to touch on the maritime disputes in the West Philippine Sea at ASEAN meetings also to be attended by China.

However, it is not yet clear whether Duterte would bring up the issue of China's opening of weather stations in the disputed waters.

Duterte will be in Singapore until November 15 and then head to Papua New Guinea for the 19th Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation Economic Leaders' Meeting. He will be joining leaders of the 21-member Pacific Rim group's meetings scheduled on November 17 -18.