Duterte cancels Brunei trip after Davao City blast

Pia Ranada
Duterte cancels Brunei trip after Davao City blast
(UPDATED) Filipinos in Brunei are told that Duterte's visit has been 'postponed'

MANILA, Philippines (UPDATED) – President Rodrigo Duterte has decided to cancel his trip to Brunei, hours after a deadly explosion in Davao City.

“The Brunei trip is cancelled,” said Communications Secretary Martin Andanar on Saturday, September 3, in a text message to media.

Andanar said Duterte was supposed to depart for Brunei at 4 pm Saturday. He was scheduled to be in Brunei until September 5.

The Philippine Embassy in Brunei sent out a message to the media saying Duterte’s visit is “postponed.”

On Friday night, Andanar had already told the media that the President wished to cancel one or some of his upcoming foreign trips in the aftermath of the night market explosion.

But Andanar had said Duterte eventually decided to push through with the trips.

So far, there is no official word on whether or not the Laos and Indonesia trips have been cancelled as well.

But Duterte, in an ambush interview, said, “I am going to the ASEAN (Association of Southeast Asian Nations) Summit.”

The President is expected to attend the summit to be held in Laos from September 6 to 8. He is then scheduled to fly to Indonesia where he will stay from September 8 to 9.

Hours after the deadly explosion, Duterte declared a “state of lawlessness” over the entire country in order to facilitate better coordination of military and police in the face of “lawless violence.” – Rappler.com

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Pia Ranada

Pia Ranada is a senior reporter for Rappler covering Philippine politics and environmental issues. For tips and story suggestions, email her at pia.ranada@rappler.com.