For the first time since he took office in 2016, Philippines president Rodrigo Duterte will participate in the United Nations General Assembly, which will meet virtually this week due to restrictions to curb the COVID-19 pandemic.

"This will be the President's first time to address the UN General Assembly, the main deliberative board of the UN where all the 193 member states are represented," the head of presidential protocol, Robert Borje, reported Monday at a press conference. EFE-EPA