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Duterte scraps request for Congress special session on Middle East crisis

duterte scraps request for congress special session on middle east crisis - Duterte scraps request for Congress special session on Middle East crisis

PRESIDENT RODRIGO R. Duterte has taken back his request for Congress to call for a special session to discuss the Middle East crisis in view of the de-escalating tension between the United States and Iran, according to Presidential Spokesperson Salvador S. Panelo. “With respect to the Middle East, since there has been de-escalation of the conflict there, I suppose that is the reason why the President did not pursue with his request or call Congress to special session,” he said. The President requested lawmakers to conduct the hearing earlier this month after the US killed an Iranian general and Iran responded by launching an airstrike against a US bases in Iraq. He has since directed government agencies to prepare for the repatriation of Filipinos working in the Middle East. — Gillian M. Cortez

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