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Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Most Traveled President - Here's A List Of Countries Duterte Visited and What He Brought Home

President Duterte is really a hard-working leader if we are to base this observation on the number of foreign trips he's done since taking office one year ago. The President has made eleven presidential trips to sixteen sovereign states internationally since his inauguration on June 30, 2016. A majority of these are in the neighboring countries in the ASEAN.  Critics argue that the number of "travel" is 21, but they include the technical stop-overs, countries where the President stayed, simply because some of the flights required stop-overs. An example is the trip to Peru, where the President's aircraft made technical stopovers in Auckland, New Zealand.  Laos and Indonesia (September 5–9, 2016) Duterte traveled to Vientiane, Laos to attend the 28th and 29th Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Summits and the Eleventh East Asia Summit. He also met with the Filipino community there. Duterte also met with six heads of government: Shinzō Abe of Japan, John Key of New Zealand, Lee Hsien Loong of Singapore, Dmitry Medvedev of Russia, Nguyễn Xuân Phúc of Vietnam, and Thongloun Sisoulith of Laos.  From Laos, the President traveled to Jakarta, Indonesia for his first state visit as president. He met with the Filipino community there. The leaders signed an agreement allowing Indonesian, Malaysian, and Philippine coast guards to jointly patrol the sea and arrest pirates that would pose threats to their respective territorial waters. Duterte and Widodo both called for the respect for the rule of law in the territorial disputes in the South China Sea to which Indonesia and the Philippines are claimants. Duterte and Widodo also vowed for closer economic cooperation and vowed to combat illegal drug trade and terrorism.   Vietnam (September 28–29) Duterte traveled to Hanoi, Vietnam for a two-day official visit that coincides with the commemoration of the 40th anniversary of diplomatic ties between the Philippines and Vietnam. He met with the Filipino community in Vietnam, who supported his campaign against illegal drugs.  Duterte and Quang reaffirmed their commitment to adhere to the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea in maintaining peace and stability and observing freedom of navigation and the rule of law as their countries work towards a peaceful resolution with other claimants. Duterte invited Vietnamese businesses to invest in the Philippines and to consider importing more Philippine products into Vietnam. The Philippine and Vietnamese governments agreed to a six-year action plan focused on combating transnational crime and illegal drug trade, in which the two governments are committed to intensifying defense and law enforcement cooperation by sharing expertise, experience, and intelligence information.    Brunei and China (October 16–21) Duterte Met with Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah and later the Overseas Filipinos there. They discussed the strengthening of Brunei–Philippines relations and BIMP-EAGA through trade and investment. The two leaders also discussed Brunei's cooperation and support for the Bangsamoro peace process, as well as the strengthening of Halal product certification in the Philippines to improve the country's agribusiness and tourism.  On October 18–21, Duterte traveled to Beijing, China on a state visit to meet with Chinese President Xi Jinping and Chinese Premier Li Keqiang to discuss ways on improving ties and cooperation amid regional issues, specifically the territorial disputes in the South China Sea. Around 400 Filipino business executives joined Duterte in his delegation to discuss deals with Chinese business executives and government officials in the sectors of agribusiness, construction, energy, manufacturing, rail transport, and tourism. Duterte took home investments and loans worth of $24 billion. These include at least $5.5-billion for transportation and infrastructure, $1 billion for a hydroelectric power plant, $700 million for a steel plant, and $780 million for a port development project in Davao City that are expected to generate 2.6 million jobs. Bank of China has committed $3 billion for a credit line for Filipino businesses, including small and medium enterprises. China also lifted an advisory to its citizens on travel to the Philippines, lifted restrictions on Philippine exports, and agreed to restore diplomatic and defense dialogue.    Japan (October 25–27)  Duterte arrived at Haneda Airport for a three-day official visit to Tokyo to discuss "economic and defense concerns" with the Japanese government and business executives. Duterte met with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzō Abe at the Prime Minister's Official Residence, where the two leaders issued a joint statement; in it, they reaffirmed their commitment to promote and enhance the strategic partnership between Japan and the Philippines under common values of "freedom, democracy, the rule of law, respect for basic human rights, and a free and open economy" in strengthening bilateral cooperation to maintain regional peace, stability, and prosperity. Duterte expressed his appreciation for Japan's cooperation with the Philippines through training and development, capacity building, and Japan's provision of equipment for the Armed Forces of the Philippines, which included ten patrol boats, five Beechcraft TC-90 trainer aircraft from the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force, and high-speed crafts to enhance the country's maritime security and counter-terrorism capabilities. The Philippines are leasing the five aircraft for a very low price, and is getting free training for pilots that usually costs P2 Million. Also, Japan will give the aircraft to the Philippines for free in the future. Duterte departed Tokyo later that day with investment offers and loans totaling $19 billion for infrastructure, agricultural development, defense, and employment.   Thailand and Malaysia (November 9–10) Duterte traveled to Bangkok, Thailand to pay his respects to the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej at the Grand Palace. He later traveled to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia for a two-day official visit to meet with Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak to discuss piracy in the Strait of Malacca. They discussed possible joint military and police operations with Malaysia to quell piracy in the Sulu Sea and Abu Sayyaf militant kidnappings activities. Also discussed where the establishment of Filipino school and hospital, and repatriation of Filipino illegal immigrants and refugees back to the Philippines. They made economic agreements on the halal sector as well palm oil and rubber investment in Mindanao and Palawan and a joint-venture in the construction of a rail line in Manila. Duterte also met with the Filipino community.   Peru (November 18–20) Duterte attended the APEC Economic Leaders' Meeting. Duterte held bilateral meetings with Chinese President Xi Jinping and Russian President Vladimir Putin. They discuss the permission of Filipino fisherman to enter the disputed Scarborough Shoal.    Cambodia and Singapore (December 13–16) Duterte traveled to Phnom Penh, Cambodia on December 13–14 for a two-day state visit to meet with Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen and King Norodom Sihamoni. they witnessed the signing of deals on cooperation in trade, sports, tourism, and combating transnational crime.   Duterte then traveled to Singapore on the evening of December 14 for a three-day state visit. On December 15, he met with Singaporean President Tony Tan and Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong. discuss areas of bilateral cooperation to pursue, primarily with regards to counter-terrorism and combating illegal drug trade and transnational crime. Duterte addressed the Filipino community in Singapore.  Myanmar and Thailand (March 19–22) Duterte headed straight to the Horizon Lake View Hotel to address the Filipino community. both presidents vowed to strengthen bilateral relations between the Philippines and Myanmar. Duterte witnessed the signing of a memorandum of understanding on food security and agricultural cooperation. He also met the State Counsellor of Myanmar Aung San Suu Kyi. In their meeting, Duterte discussed agricultural education and technology with her. After the meeting, Duterte handed over to her a pledge worth of US$300,000 to Suu Kyi for the Philippines' humanitarian assistance to Myanmar's Rakhine State, the biggest donation made so far by an ASEAN member this year.   After his visit to Myanmar, he headed to Bangkok, Thailand to embark on an official visit to the country. In the afternoon of March 21. They discussed issues of mutual concerns in politics, economy, agriculture, energy, education, and defense cooperation. The Philippines and Thailand signed agreements on cooperation in agriculture, tourism, and science and technology. He addressed the Filipino Community.   Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and Qatar (April 10–16) Duterte traveled to Riyadh, Saudi Arabia for a state visit, the first time a Philippine president visited the country in eight years. Duterte and King Salman discussed areas of cooperation on the economic, trade and security. Duterte and King Salman also discussed terrorism and the campaign against illegal drugs. Duterte and King Salman have agreed to boost their cooperation on trade and security. The two also vowed to support each other's campaign against terrorism and violent extremism. After their meeting, Duterte and King Salman witnessed the signing of three agreements on political consultations, diplomatic academies and labor. Energy Secretary Alfonso Cusi also submitted a draft memorandum of understanding to his Saudi Arabian counterpart Saudi Energy Minister Khalid A. Al-Falih for a possible energy cooperation between the Philippines and Saudi Arabia. Duterte addressed some Saudi businessmen in which Duterte invited them to invest in the Philippines. Later addressed the Filipino community. Filipino and Saudi Arabian businessmen signed investment deals worth $469 million.  Duterte traveled to Manama, Bahrain for a state visit to the country. Bahrain is Duterte's 2nd stop in his Gulf tour. Philippine and Bahraini officials signed four agreements that include: A Memorandum of Understanding on the establishment of a Joint High Commission on Bilateral Cooperation between the Kingdom of Bahrain and the Republic of the Philippines; A Memorandum of Understanding on cooperation between the Diplomatic Institute of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Kingdom of Bahrain and the Foreign Service Institute of the Philippine Department of Foreign Affairs; A protocol on amending articles of the agreement between Bahrain and the Philippines on the Avoidance of Double Taxation; A draft protocol on the agreement on regulating air transport services between Bahrain and the Philippines. A business agreement was also signed in the presence of the two leaders – the expansion of agricultural operations between AMA Group Holdings Corporation and Nader & Ebrahim Sons of Hassan Company WLL (NEH). He also addressed the Filipino community at the Khalifa Sports Community Complex. Memorandums of agreements worth $250 million were signed.  After his visit to Bahrain, he headed to Doha, Qatar for a state visit to the country. He addressed some businessmen in Qatar. Duterte also addressed the Filipino community. Philippine and Qatari officials signed agreements on culture, investment, technical education cooperation, and health. 13 projects worth $206 million were signed in Qatar. The agreements signed there included the establishment of an all-Filipino polyclinic that would serve both Filipinos and Qataris.  There are about 760,000 Filipino migrants working in Saudi Arabia, 60,000 in Bahrain and 250,000 in Qatar. Duterte's visit to Middle East yielded an amount of investments worth $925 million.   Cambodia and China (May 10–16) Duterte traveled to Phnom Penh, Cambodia for the second time, this time to attend the World Economic Forum as the chairman of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations.  After his trip to Cambodia, Duterte flew to Hong Kong to embark on a working visit to the special administrative region. Duterte addressed the Filipino community.  President Duterte flew to Beijing, China to attend the One Belt One Road forum of Chinese President Xi Jinping. Duterte had a bilateral meeting with Mongolian Prime Minister Jargaltulgyn Erdenebat. The two leaders exchanged views on expanding interaction in many areas, including in agriculture, trade and investment, finance, and tourism, among others. Duterte also met Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan. Four agreements on economic and technical cooperation, cooperation in human resource development, energy cooperation, and news and publishing were signed. An agreement on the P3.6 billion grant for the construction of two Pasig River bridges and drug rehabilitation centers in Mindanao was signed.    Russia (May 22–24) Foreign Affairs Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov led the signing of agreements on defense cooperation, intelligence sharing, agriculture, trade, tourism, culture, foreign affairs, transportation and the peaceful use of nuclear energy.





President Duterte is really a hard-working leader if we are to base this observation on the number of foreign trips he's done since taking office one year ago. The President has made eleven presidential trips to sixteen sovereign states internationally since his inauguration on June 30, 2016. A majority of these are in the neighboring countries in the ASEAN.



Critics argue that the number of "travel" is 21, but they include the technical stop-overs, countries where the President stayed, simply because some of the flights required stop-overs. An example is the trip to Peru, where the President's aircraft made technical stopovers in Auckland, New Zealand.


President Duterte is really a hard-working leader if we are to base this observation on the number of foreign trips he's done since taking office one year ago. The President has made eleven presidential trips to sixteen sovereign states internationally since his inauguration on June 30, 2016. A majority of these are in the neighboring countries in the ASEAN.  Critics argue that the number of "travel" is 21, but they include the technical stop-overs, countries where the President stayed, simply because some of the flights required stop-overs. An example is the trip to Peru, where the President's aircraft made technical stopovers in Auckland, New Zealand.  Laos and Indonesia (September 5–9, 2016) Duterte traveled to Vientiane, Laos to attend the 28th and 29th Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Summits and the Eleventh East Asia Summit. He also met with the Filipino community there. Duterte also met with six heads of government: Shinzō Abe of Japan, John Key of New Zealand, Lee Hsien Loong of Singapore, Dmitry Medvedev of Russia, Nguyễn Xuân Phúc of Vietnam, and Thongloun Sisoulith of Laos.  From Laos, the President traveled to Jakarta, Indonesia for his first state visit as president. He met with the Filipino community there. The leaders signed an agreement allowing Indonesian, Malaysian, and Philippine coast guards to jointly patrol the sea and arrest pirates that would pose threats to their respective territorial waters. Duterte and Widodo both called for the respect for the rule of law in the territorial disputes in the South China Sea to which Indonesia and the Philippines are claimants. Duterte and Widodo also vowed for closer economic cooperation and vowed to combat illegal drug trade and terrorism.   Vietnam (September 28–29) Duterte traveled to Hanoi, Vietnam for a two-day official visit that coincides with the commemoration of the 40th anniversary of diplomatic ties between the Philippines and Vietnam. He met with the Filipino community in Vietnam, who supported his campaign against illegal drugs.  Duterte and Quang reaffirmed their commitment to adhere to the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea in maintaining peace and stability and observing freedom of navigation and the rule of law as their countries work towards a peaceful resolution with other claimants. Duterte invited Vietnamese businesses to invest in the Philippines and to consider importing more Philippine products into Vietnam. The Philippine and Vietnamese governments agreed to a six-year action plan focused on combating transnational crime and illegal drug trade, in which the two governments are committed to intensifying defense and law enforcement cooperation by sharing expertise, experience, and intelligence information.    Brunei and China (October 16–21) Duterte Met with Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah and later the Overseas Filipinos there. They discussed the strengthening of Brunei–Philippines relations and BIMP-EAGA through trade and investment. The two leaders also discussed Brunei's cooperation and support for the Bangsamoro peace process, as well as the strengthening of Halal product certification in the Philippines to improve the country's agribusiness and tourism.  On October 18–21, Duterte traveled to Beijing, China on a state visit to meet with Chinese President Xi Jinping and Chinese Premier Li Keqiang to discuss ways on improving ties and cooperation amid regional issues, specifically the territorial disputes in the South China Sea. Around 400 Filipino business executives joined Duterte in his delegation to discuss deals with Chinese business executives and government officials in the sectors of agribusiness, construction, energy, manufacturing, rail transport, and tourism. Duterte took home investments and loans worth of $24 billion. These include at least $5.5-billion for transportation and infrastructure, $1 billion for a hydroelectric power plant, $700 million for a steel plant, and $780 million for a port development project in Davao City that are expected to generate 2.6 million jobs. Bank of China has committed $3 billion for a credit line for Filipino businesses, including small and medium enterprises. China also lifted an advisory to its citizens on travel to the Philippines, lifted restrictions on Philippine exports, and agreed to restore diplomatic and defense dialogue.    Japan (October 25–27)  Duterte arrived at Haneda Airport for a three-day official visit to Tokyo to discuss "economic and defense concerns" with the Japanese government and business executives. Duterte met with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzō Abe at the Prime Minister's Official Residence, where the two leaders issued a joint statement; in it, they reaffirmed their commitment to promote and enhance the strategic partnership between Japan and the Philippines under common values of "freedom, democracy, the rule of law, respect for basic human rights, and a free and open economy" in strengthening bilateral cooperation to maintain regional peace, stability, and prosperity. Duterte expressed his appreciation for Japan's cooperation with the Philippines through training and development, capacity building, and Japan's provision of equipment for the Armed Forces of the Philippines, which included ten patrol boats, five Beechcraft TC-90 trainer aircraft from the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force, and high-speed crafts to enhance the country's maritime security and counter-terrorism capabilities. The Philippines are leasing the five aircraft for a very low price, and is getting free training for pilots that usually costs P2 Million. Also, Japan will give the aircraft to the Philippines for free in the future. Duterte departed Tokyo later that day with investment offers and loans totaling $19 billion for infrastructure, agricultural development, defense, and employment.   Thailand and Malaysia (November 9–10) Duterte traveled to Bangkok, Thailand to pay his respects to the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej at the Grand Palace. He later traveled to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia for a two-day official visit to meet with Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak to discuss piracy in the Strait of Malacca. They discussed possible joint military and police operations with Malaysia to quell piracy in the Sulu Sea and Abu Sayyaf militant kidnappings activities. Also discussed where the establishment of Filipino school and hospital, and repatriation of Filipino illegal immigrants and refugees back to the Philippines. They made economic agreements on the halal sector as well palm oil and rubber investment in Mindanao and Palawan and a joint-venture in the construction of a rail line in Manila. Duterte also met with the Filipino community.   Peru (November 18–20) Duterte attended the APEC Economic Leaders' Meeting. Duterte held bilateral meetings with Chinese President Xi Jinping and Russian President Vladimir Putin. They discuss the permission of Filipino fisherman to enter the disputed Scarborough Shoal.    Cambodia and Singapore (December 13–16) Duterte traveled to Phnom Penh, Cambodia on December 13–14 for a two-day state visit to meet with Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen and King Norodom Sihamoni. they witnessed the signing of deals on cooperation in trade, sports, tourism, and combating transnational crime.   Duterte then traveled to Singapore on the evening of December 14 for a three-day state visit. On December 15, he met with Singaporean President Tony Tan and Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong. discuss areas of bilateral cooperation to pursue, primarily with regards to counter-terrorism and combating illegal drug trade and transnational crime. Duterte addressed the Filipino community in Singapore.  Myanmar and Thailand (March 19–22) Duterte headed straight to the Horizon Lake View Hotel to address the Filipino community. both presidents vowed to strengthen bilateral relations between the Philippines and Myanmar. Duterte witnessed the signing of a memorandum of understanding on food security and agricultural cooperation. He also met the State Counsellor of Myanmar Aung San Suu Kyi. In their meeting, Duterte discussed agricultural education and technology with her. After the meeting, Duterte handed over to her a pledge worth of US$300,000 to Suu Kyi for the Philippines' humanitarian assistance to Myanmar's Rakhine State, the biggest donation made so far by an ASEAN member this year.   After his visit to Myanmar, he headed to Bangkok, Thailand to embark on an official visit to the country. In the afternoon of March 21. They discussed issues of mutual concerns in politics, economy, agriculture, energy, education, and defense cooperation. The Philippines and Thailand signed agreements on cooperation in agriculture, tourism, and science and technology. He addressed the Filipino Community.   Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and Qatar (April 10–16) Duterte traveled to Riyadh, Saudi Arabia for a state visit, the first time a Philippine president visited the country in eight years. Duterte and King Salman discussed areas of cooperation on the economic, trade and security. Duterte and King Salman also discussed terrorism and the campaign against illegal drugs. Duterte and King Salman have agreed to boost their cooperation on trade and security. The two also vowed to support each other's campaign against terrorism and violent extremism. After their meeting, Duterte and King Salman witnessed the signing of three agreements on political consultations, diplomatic academies and labor. Energy Secretary Alfonso Cusi also submitted a draft memorandum of understanding to his Saudi Arabian counterpart Saudi Energy Minister Khalid A. Al-Falih for a possible energy cooperation between the Philippines and Saudi Arabia. Duterte addressed some Saudi businessmen in which Duterte invited them to invest in the Philippines. Later addressed the Filipino community. Filipino and Saudi Arabian businessmen signed investment deals worth $469 million.  Duterte traveled to Manama, Bahrain for a state visit to the country. Bahrain is Duterte's 2nd stop in his Gulf tour. Philippine and Bahraini officials signed four agreements that include: A Memorandum of Understanding on the establishment of a Joint High Commission on Bilateral Cooperation between the Kingdom of Bahrain and the Republic of the Philippines; A Memorandum of Understanding on cooperation between the Diplomatic Institute of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Kingdom of Bahrain and the Foreign Service Institute of the Philippine Department of Foreign Affairs; A protocol on amending articles of the agreement between Bahrain and the Philippines on the Avoidance of Double Taxation; A draft protocol on the agreement on regulating air transport services between Bahrain and the Philippines. A business agreement was also signed in the presence of the two leaders – the expansion of agricultural operations between AMA Group Holdings Corporation and Nader & Ebrahim Sons of Hassan Company WLL (NEH). He also addressed the Filipino community at the Khalifa Sports Community Complex. Memorandums of agreements worth $250 million were signed.  After his visit to Bahrain, he headed to Doha, Qatar for a state visit to the country. He addressed some businessmen in Qatar. Duterte also addressed the Filipino community. Philippine and Qatari officials signed agreements on culture, investment, technical education cooperation, and health. 13 projects worth $206 million were signed in Qatar. The agreements signed there included the establishment of an all-Filipino polyclinic that would serve both Filipinos and Qataris.  There are about 760,000 Filipino migrants working in Saudi Arabia, 60,000 in Bahrain and 250,000 in Qatar. Duterte's visit to Middle East yielded an amount of investments worth $925 million.   Cambodia and China (May 10–16) Duterte traveled to Phnom Penh, Cambodia for the second time, this time to attend the World Economic Forum as the chairman of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations.  After his trip to Cambodia, Duterte flew to Hong Kong to embark on a working visit to the special administrative region. Duterte addressed the Filipino community.  President Duterte flew to Beijing, China to attend the One Belt One Road forum of Chinese President Xi Jinping. Duterte had a bilateral meeting with Mongolian Prime Minister Jargaltulgyn Erdenebat. The two leaders exchanged views on expanding interaction in many areas, including in agriculture, trade and investment, finance, and tourism, among others. Duterte also met Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan. Four agreements on economic and technical cooperation, cooperation in human resource development, energy cooperation, and news and publishing were signed. An agreement on the P3.6 billion grant for the construction of two Pasig River bridges and drug rehabilitation centers in Mindanao was signed.    Russia (May 22–24) Foreign Affairs Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov led the signing of agreements on defense cooperation, intelligence sharing, agriculture, trade, tourism, culture, foreign affairs, transportation and the peaceful use of nuclear energy.
Noting the correct number of foreign trips made by Duterte, the table above compares the trips made by his predecessors.


Let us see the details of the President's Visits:


Laos and Indonesia (September 5–9, 2016)
Duterte traveled to Laos to attend the 28th and 29th Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Summits and the Eleventh East Asia Summit. He also met with the Filipino community there. Duterte also met with six heads of government: Shinzō Abe of Japan, John Key of New Zealand, Lee Hsien Loong of Singapore, Dmitry Medvedev of Russia, Nguyễn Xuân Phúc of Vietnam, and Thongloun Sisoulith of Laos.

From Laos, the President traveled to Indonesia for his first state visit as president. He met with the Filipino community there. The leaders signed an agreement allowing Indonesian, Malaysian, and Philippine coast guards to jointly patrol the sea and arrest pirates that would pose threats to their respective territorial waters. Duterte and Widodo both called for the respect for the rule of law in the territorial disputes in the South China Sea to which Indonesia and the Philippines are claimants. Duterte and Widodo also vowed for closer economic cooperation and vowed to combat illegal drug trade and terrorism.


Vietnam (September 28–29)
Duterte traveled to Vietnam for a two-day official visit that coincides with the commemoration of the 40th anniversary of diplomatic ties between the Philippines and Vietnam. He met with the Filipino community in Vietnam, who supported his campaign against illegal drugs. The leaders reaffirmed their commitment to adhere to the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea in maintaining peace and stability and observing freedom of navigation and the rule of law as their countries work towards a peaceful resolution with other claimants. Duterte invited Vietnamese businesses to invest in the Philippines and to consider importing more Philippine products into Vietnam. The Philippine and Vietnamese governments agreed to a six-year action plan focused on combating transnational crime and illegal drug trade, in which the two governments are committed to intensifying defense and law enforcement cooperation by sharing expertise, experience, and intelligence information.



Brunei and China (October 16–21)
Duterte Met with Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah and later the Overseas Filipinos there. They discussed the strengthening of Brunei–Philippines relations and BIMP-EAGA through trade and investment. The two leaders also discussed Brunei's cooperation and support for the Bangsamoro peace process, as well as the strengthening of Halal product certification in the Philippines to improve the country's agribusiness and tourism.

On October 18–21, Duterte traveled to Beijing, China on a state visit to meet with Chinese President Xi Jinping and Chinese Premier Li Keqiang to discuss ways on improving ties and cooperation amid regional issues, specifically the territorial disputes in the South China Sea. Around 400 Filipino business executives joined Duterte in his delegation to discuss deals with Chinese business executives and government officials in the sectors of agribusiness, construction, energy, manufacturing, rail transport, and tourism. Duterte took home investments and loans worth of $24 billion. These include at least $5.5-billion for transportation and infrastructure, $1 billion for a hydroelectric power plant, $700 million for a steel plant, and $780 million for a port development project in Davao City that are expected to generate 2.6 million jobs. Bank of China has committed $3 billion for a credit line for Filipino businesses, including small and medium enterprises. China also lifted an advisory to its citizens on travel to the Philippines, lifted restrictions on Philippine exports, and agreed to restore diplomatic and defense dialogue. 


Japan (October 25–27)
 Duterte arrived at Haneda Airport for a three-day official visit to Tokyo to discuss "economic and defense concerns" with the Japanese government and business executives. Duterte met with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzō Abe at the Prime Minister's Official Residence, where the two leaders issued a joint statement; in it, they reaffirmed their commitment to promote and enhance the strategic partnership between Japan and the Philippines under common values of "freedom, democracy, the rule of law, respect for basic human rights, and a free and open economy" in strengthening bilateral cooperation to maintain regional peace, stability, and prosperity. Duterte expressed his appreciation for Japan's cooperation with the Philippines through training and development, capacity building, and Japan's provision of equipment for the Armed Forces of the Philippines, which included ten patrol boats, five Beechcraft TC-90 trainer aircraft from the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force, and high-speed crafts to enhance the country's maritime security and counter-terrorism capabilities. The Philippines are leasing the five aircraft for a very low price, and is getting free training for pilots that usually costs P2 Million. Also, Japan will give the aircraft to the Philippines for free in the future. Duterte departed Tokyo later that day with investment offers and loans totaling $19 billion for infrastructure, agricultural development, defense, and employment.


Thailand and Malaysia (November 9–10)
Duterte traveled to Bangkok, Thailand to pay his respects to the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej at the Grand Palace. He later traveled to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia for a two-day official visit to meet with Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak to discuss piracy in the Strait of Malacca. They discussed possible joint military and police operations with Malaysia to quell piracy in the Sulu Sea and Abu Sayyaf militant kidnappings activities. Also discussed where the establishment of Filipino school and hospital, and repatriation of Filipino illegal immigrants and refugees back to the Philippines. They made economic agreements on the halal sector as well palm oil and rubber investment in Mindanao and Palawan and a joint-venture in the construction of a rail line in Manila. Duterte also met with the Filipino community.


Peru (November 18–20)
Duterte attended the APEC Economic Leaders' Meeting. Duterte held bilateral meetings with Chinese President Xi Jinping and Russian President Vladimir Putin. They discuss the permission of Filipino fisherman to enter the disputed Scarborough Shoal. 


Cambodia and Singapore (December 13–16)
Duterte traveled to Phnom Penh, Cambodia on December 13–14 for a two-day state visit to meet with Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen and King Norodom Sihamoni. they witnessed the signing of deals on cooperation in trade, sports, tourism, and combating transnational crime. 



Duterte then traveled to Singapore on the evening of December 14 for a three-day state visit. On December 15, he met with Singaporean President Tony Tan and Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong. discuss areas of bilateral cooperation to pursue, primarily with regards to counter-terrorism and combating illegal drug trade and trans-national crime. Duterte addressed the Filipino community in Singapore.


Malacañan answers Rappler's issue with President Duterte's travel expenses


Myanmar and Thailand (March 19–22)
Duterte headed straight to the Horizon Lake View Hotel to address the Filipino community. both presidents vowed to strengthen bilateral relations between the Philippines and Myanmar. Duterte witnessed the signing of a memorandum of understanding on food security and agricultural cooperation. He also met the State Counsellor of Myanmar Aung San Suu Kyi. In their meeting, Duterte discussed agricultural education and technology with her. After the meeting, Duterte handed over to her a pledge worth of US$300,000 to Suu Kyi for the Philippines' humanitarian assistance to Myanmar's Rakhine State, the biggest donation made so far by an ASEAN member this year. 



After his visit to Myanmar, he headed to Bangkok, Thailand to embark on an official visit to the country. In the afternoon of March 21. They discussed issues of mutual concerns in politics, economy, agriculture, energy, education, and defense cooperation. The Philippines and Thailand signed agreements on cooperation in agriculture, tourism, and science and technology. He addressed the Filipino Community.


Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and Qatar (April 10–16)
Duterte traveled to Riyadh, Saudi Arabia for a state visit, the first time a Philippine president visited the country in eight years. Duterte and King Salman discussed areas of cooperation on the economic, trade and security. Duterte and King Salman also discussed terrorism and the campaign against illegal drugs. Duterte and King Salman have agreed to boost their cooperation on trade and security. The two also vowed to support each other's campaign against terrorism and violent extremism. After their meeting, Duterte and King Salman witnessed the signing of three agreements on political consultations, diplomatic academies and labor. Energy Secretary Alfonso Cusi also submitted a draft memorandum of understanding to his Saudi Arabian counterpart Saudi Energy Minister Khalid A. Al-Falih for a possible energy cooperation between the Philippines and Saudi Arabia. Duterte addressed some Saudi businessmen in which Duterte invited them to invest in the Philippines. Later addressed the Filipino community. Filipino and Saudi Arabian businessmen signed investment deals worth $469 million.


Duterte traveled to Manama, Bahrain for a state visit to the country. Bahrain is Duterte's 2nd stop in his Gulf tour. Philippine and Bahraini officials signed four agreements that include: A Memorandum of Understanding on the establishment of a Joint High Commission on Bilateral Cooperation between the Kingdom of Bahrain and the Republic of the Philippines; A Memorandum of Understanding on cooperation between the Diplomatic Institute of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Kingdom of Bahrain and the Foreign Service Institute of the Philippine Department of Foreign Affairs; A protocol on amending articles of the agreement between Bahrain and the Philippines on the Avoidance of Double Taxation; A draft protocol on the agreement on regulating air transport services between Bahrain and the Philippines. A business agreement was also signed in the presence of the two leaders – the expansion of agricultural operations between AMA Group Holdings Corporation and Nader & Ebrahim Sons of Hassan Company WLL (NEH). He also addressed the Filipino community at the Khalifa Sports Community Complex. Memorandums of agreements worth $250 million were signed.


After his visit to Bahrain, he headed to Doha, Qatar for a state visit to the country. He addressed some businessmen in Qatar. Duterte also addressed the Filipino community. Philippine and Qatari officials signed agreements on culture, investment, technical education cooperation, and health. 13 projects worth $206 million were signed in Qatar. The agreements signed there included the establishment of an all-Filipino polyclinic that would serve both Filipinos and Qataris.


There are about 760,000 Filipino migrants working in Saudi Arabia, 60,000 in Bahrain and 250,000 in Qatar. Duterte's visit to Middle East yielded an amount of investments worth $925 million.


Cambodia and China (May 10–16)
Duterte traveled to Phnom Penh, Cambodia for the second time, this time to attend the World Economic Forum as the chairman of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations.

After his trip to Cambodia, Duterte flew to Hong Kong to embark on a working visit to the special administrative region. Duterte addressed the Filipino community.



President Duterte flew to Beijing, China to attend the One Belt One Road forum of Chinese President Xi Jinping. Duterte had a bilateral meeting with Mongolian Prime Minister Jargaltulgyn Erdenebat. The two leaders exchanged views on expanding interaction in many areas, including in agriculture, trade and investment, finance, and tourism, among others. Duterte also met Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan. Four agreements on economic and technical cooperation, cooperation in human resource development, energy cooperation, and news and publishing were signed. An agreement on the P3.6 billion grant for the construction of two Pasig River bridges and drug rehabilitation centers in Mindanao was signed. 


Russia (May 22–24)
Foreign Affairs Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov led the signing of agreements on defense cooperation, intelligence sharing, agriculture, trade, tourism, culture, foreign affairs, transportation and the peaceful use of nuclear energy.


At the cost of over P386 Million, President Duterte brought home Investments, Grants, and Pledges amounting to more than $35 Billion (That's DOLLARS), and more money is coming to the Philippines. If that is the basis for his travels, he should travel more in the next few years.



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