From Presidential Spokesperson Ernie Abella – On Liberal Party’s statement rejecting impeachment against the President

We welcome the Liberal Party’s position not to support any impeachment move against President Rodrigo Duterte.

President Duterte being the duly elected leader of our country with no less than 16 million Filipinos who voted for him. Any act to remove him from office is an attempt to subvert the people’s will.

In addition, any impeachment process would be counterproductive for the Philippines which has been described to be the fastest growing in Southeast Asia.  We therefore have to seize our economic momentum and not de derailed by destructive politics.

On Secretary Delfin Lorenzana’s visit to Pag-Asa island and China’s challenge on PH aircraft

The visit of the Department of National Defense and the Armed Forces of the Philippines to Pag-asa Island is part of the efforts to improve the safety, welfare, livelihood of Filipinos residing and living in the municipality of Kalayaan which is part of the province of Palawan.

The Philippines has long been undertaking customary and routine maritime patrol and overflight in the West Philippine Sea which are lawful activities under international law.  Such flights will likewise enable us to reach our municipality.

On the 30th ASEAN Summit in Manila and the state visits of Sultan Bolkiah and President Widodo to the Philippines

The 30th ASEAN Summit is the first of two leaders-level meetings that the Philippines will host as this year’s Chair of ASEAN.

President Duterte will chair this Summit which will be attended by the Heads of States/Governments of the ten (10) ASEAN Member-States.

Also happening before the ASEAN Summit are the state visits of Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah of Brunei on April 27 and of Indonesian President Joko Widodo on April 28.

Preparations are now in full swing for all activities scheduled next week in Manila.

Work in the government sector in the cities of Pasay, Makati, and Manila are suspended on April 27 while work in the government and private sectors in Metro Manila are suspended on April 28.