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Myanmar Crisis

Duterte and Prayuth to skip ASEAN summit on Myanmar crisis

Absence of leaders casts shadow on bloc's attempts to make progress

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte and Thai Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha will skip the ASEAN summit this Saturday on the crisis in Myanmar. (Nikkei montage/AP and Ken Kobayashi)

MANILA -- Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte and Thai Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha will skip a Southeast Asian summit this Saturday on the crisis in Myanmar, reducing the number of leaders who will attend the meeting in Jakarta.

Foreign Affairs Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr. will represent Duterte, who has to deal with his country's COVID crisis, according to a foreign ministry statement. The Philippines has logged record daily cases in recent weeks.

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