MANILA, Philippines — President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. prolonged his apologies to the Filipino neighborhood he was supposed to fulfill within the United Arab Emirates, saying he needed to prioritize the hostage state of affairs within the Pink Sea.
Marcos canceled his journey to Dubai for the United Nations Framework Conference on Local weather Change on the final minute on Thursday, saying he needed to prepare a delegation to be despatched to Iran to deal with the hostage state of affairs.
“Dapat magkasama tayo ngayon sa malaking pagtitipon ng Filcom (Filipino neighborhood) sa iba’t-ibang bansa. Kaso na nga lang, medyo malungkot kasi hindi tayo natuloy. Alam naman ninyo might mga bagay na kailangan agad asikasuhin. Isa na dun, yung ating mga kababayan, mga kapwa Pilipino natin na na hostage. Seventeen sila na hostage,” Marcos stated in a video message launched to the media late Thursday night time.
(We’d have been collectively in an enormous gathering of the Filipino neighborhood from totally different nations. Nonetheless, it’s a bit unhappy that it didn’t comply with by means of. You already know that there are issues we have to are inclined to. Considered one of them is relating to our fellow countrymen, the Filipinos who have been held hostage. There are 17 of them.)
Marcos stated that the federal government is exhausting all efforts to deliver house the 17 Filipinos safely.
The President lamented being unable to fulfill with the Filipinos, because it was normally a celebration crammed with pleasure. Nonetheless, he stated would he would make it as much as the Filipino neighborhood on the subsequent alternative.
“I really feel very unhealthy that I will be unable to do it with you this time,” stated Marcos.