Duterte cuts short Papua New Guinea APEC trip

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, November 16) — The trend of President Rodrigo Duterte skipping diplomatic events continues.

In an advisory sent to members of the media, Malacañang said that Duterte will skip the last day of the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Summit held in Papua New Guinea and will fly back to Davao City late Saturday evening.

The APEC Summit starts Friday and will end on November 18.

"Please be informed that PRRD will leave PNG on November 17 at 11:15PM , and arrive in Davao City on November 18 at 3:15AM.  No more arrival statement, thank you," the Palace advisory said. There was no explanation given on why the trip is being cut short.

Duterte met with the Filipino community in Papua New Guinea Friday night.

Aside from his usual spiels, the President hinted at firing another ranking executive official soon.

Duterte had previously been criticized for skipping some events in the recent Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Summit.

He had excused himself by saying that he took power naps, and in his speech to the Filipino community said that he also does not eat breakfasts.

READ: Duterte on skipping ASEAN events: 'What's wrong with my nap?'