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Former PH delegate to the United Nations explains why “lot of empty seats” during PBBM’s UN General Assembly speech

Twitter and Facebook has been flooded lately with photos of PBBM’s UN General Assembly speech showing empty seats and some even suggested it was a boycott by other countries.

There was even an FB page sharing a photo collage of PBBM versus the Guatemalan President’s UN speeches to draw a stark contrast of the reception of the two leaders.

Read the caption below of the FB page to understand what I was talking about.

Link to story here.

Well, Mike Acebedo Lopez, a former Philippine delegate to the United Nations General Assembly, isn’t keen in allowing these fake news peddlers to go their lying ways uncheck and took to Facebook to burst their bubble that empty seats when PBBM delivered his speech isn’t an unusual sight actually.

Empty seats at the United Nations General Assembly does not mean getting boycotted but it is really the conduct of things at the United Nations Headquarters, Lopez argued. In other words, this is the norm and rarely see full seating capacity, owing to seat allocations and assignments per country.

Lopez shared the screenshot from YouTube showing world leaders from Germany and France having the same experience as PBBM as they delivered their speeches at the United Nations General Assembly this year.

Videos from YouTube of the German Chancellor and French President delivering their speeches to a lot of empty seats are proof Mike Lopez wasn’t making this up.

You may now read Mike Acebedo Lopez’s original FB post below.

Been reading some people’s comments that there were a lot of empty seats during PBBM’s speech at the UN General Assembly in New York, with others insisting it’s a boycott by other countries. Sorry to burst your bitter bubble but it’s really the conduct of things at the UN Headquarters where the annual UN General Assembly is held. Normal occurrence, in other words. It’s rarely full, and even at times when it is, you will still find some empty seats (owing to seat allocations and assignments per country), so try not to plaster your ignorance on your social account. And I’m saying this as someone who’s actually been there as a delegate and who’s served as Adviser of the UN General Assembly’s Third Committee well over a decade ago. Also, here, for some visuals, French President Macron and German Chancellor’s speeches were the same.

Mike Lopez at the United Nation HQ in New York

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