Philippine President Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr.
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Philippine President Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. has cancelled his Dubai visit on Thursday (November 30).
Marcos was supposed to be in the emirate to attend the global climate change conference COP28. He was also scheduled to have a public meeting with the Filipino community at the Dubai World Trade Centre on Thursday afternoon.
In an X post, Marcos said he would skip the COP28 to convene a meeting for the deployment of a high-level delegation to Iran to provide assistance to 17 Filipino seafarers held hostage by Houthi rebels on a cargo ship in the Red Sea. The Philippines is working with foreign governments for their immediate release.
“In light of important developments in the hostage situation involving 17 Filipino seafarers in the Red Sea, I have made the decision not to attend COP28 in Dubai,” Marcos said.
“I will be convening a meeting to facilitate the dispatch of a high-level delegation to Tehran, Iran, with the aim of providing necessary assistance to our seafarers,” he said.
Marcos was supposed to leave Manila on Thursday morning for his Dubai trip.
He said he designated Environment Secretary Ma. Antonia Yulo-Loyzaga as his representative at the COP28.
“I have entrusted DENR Secretary Ma. Antonia Yulo-Loyzaga to lead the COP28 delegation and articulate the country’s statement on my behalf,” Marcos said. ICA/PNA/Expat Media
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