Andanar, Esperon off to US to attend Trump inauguration

COMMUNICATIONS Secretary Martin Andanar on Tuesday flew to the United States (US) to attend the inauguration of US President-elect Donald Trump.

Andanar was joined by National Security Adviser Hermogenes Esperon.

Two months after winning the US presidential race, Donald Trump will officially be sworn in as the 45th American president on January 20.

In a text message sent to reporters, Andanar said Philippine Charge d' Affaires to Washington DC Patrick Chuasoto will go to the inauguration of Trump on behalf of President Rodrigo Duterte.

Andanar said they would also have side meetings after Trump's inauguration. He, however, did not disclose who they would be talking to.

"We will be performing our respective functions. We have side meetings, too. The Charge D' Affaires will officially represent [Duterte]," Andanar said.

"We will report to the President the inauguration and our side meetings once we get back," he added.

Last December, Duterte had the opportunity to talk to Trump over the phone.

Duterte was elated by the supposed "support" of Trump on his intensified campaign against narcotics trade.

In a video released by state-run RTVM, Duterte was heard telling Trump that “[w]e will maintain and enhance ties between our countries.”

Duterte had also said he was “very encouraged” that Trump understands the way his administration fight against illicit drug sale. (SunStar Philippines)
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