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Medialdea staying behind as caretaker while Rody goes to Myanmar, Thailand

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While President Duterte goes on an official trip to Myanmar and Thailand this week, Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea is staying behind as the designated caretaker of the Philippine government.

Medialdea ‎used to tag along with Duterte in previous foreign trips like Japan with his deputy left behind to keep the government running and sign official documents.

The Palace also announced on Sunday that members of the President’s official delegation to Myanmar would include Enrique Manalo – Acting Secretary of Foreign Affairs; 
Emmanuel Piñol – Secretary of Agriculture; 
Delfin Lorenzana, Secretary of National Defense; 
Ramon Lopez, Secretary of Trade and Industry; 
Jose Ruperto Martin Andanar, Secretary, Presidential Communications Operations Office; 
Hermogenes Esperon, National Security Adviser; 
Sen. Vicente Sotto III and 
Sen. Alan Peter Cayetano and retired general Isidro Lapeña, director general of he Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency.

Alex Chua, Philippine Ambassador to Myanmar

, said the official visit will be from March 19 to 20. It will coincide with the celebration of the 60th anniversary of the establishment of Philippines-Myanmar bilateral relations.

“Commemorative activities have been held beginning last year and the President’s visit to Myanmar this year is the culmination of the celebration of this milestone in our friendly relations with Myanmar,” Chua said.

According to Chua, the Philippine President’s visit to Myanmar, an ASEAN member country, symbolizes the Philippines’ commitment to the shared aspiration and values of ASEAN. This year, the Philippines is the ASEAN Chair as the region celebrates the 50th anniversary of the establishment of ASEAN.