DINNER SEATMATES. Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte (center) is set to be seated between US President Barack Obama (left) and UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in a dinner on September 7, 2016.
VIENTIANE, Laos – Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte will be seated between the two powerful men he has slammed in the past few months in a gala dinner on Wednesday, September 7.
This is how Duterte will meet US President Barack Obama and UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon for the first time.
In a news release, the Philippine Office of the President said: "Presidents Duterte and Obama will be seated next to each other, which expectedly, will focus all cameras on them to deliver to the world the encounter of the two. Incidentally, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is also seated on the other side of President Duterte."
The gala dinner, hosted by Lao Prime Minister Thongloun Sisoulith, is taking place from 8 to 10 pm on Wednesday.
On what to expect during Duterte and Obama's meeting on Wednesday evening, Communications Secretary Martin Andanar told reporters: "It's difficult to speculate, but certainly they will have their drinks and food together."
Referring to the Duterte-Obama meeting, Presidential Spokesman Ernesto Abella added, "In a meeting like this, there is always an opportunity for warmth and civility."