Members of the Senate gave their reactions on President Rodrigo Duterte’s power nap excuse on why he was absent in some of the sessions at the recently concluded Association of Southeast Asian Nations Summit held in Singapore.
During the summit, the President skipped at least four important sessions with Australia and South Korea, a working lunch with ASEAN host and Singaporean Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong and the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership Summit. Duterte was also a no-show during the gala dinner hosted by Lee.
According to Sen. Panfilo Lacson, the President could be avoiding some world leaders, particularly Canada and Australia. He added that skipping events attended by other world leaders for a nap ‘is a flimsy excuse’.
Australia and Canada have previously criticized the War on Illegal Drugs started by the Duterte administration due to allegations of extrajudicial killings. Also, Canada has yet to retrieve the tons of garbage dumped in the Philippines.
Meanwhile, Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV believes that the absence of Duterte from the meetings could either mean that the Chief Executive could no longer perform his duties due to his health, or he is lazy and irresponsible.
“It could only be one of two things: he is either seriously ill that he could no longer perform his functions as President; or he is simply too lazy and irresponsible,” the senator said in a statement.
Trillanes added that the recent actions of the President would mean big trouble for the Philippines.