PRESIDENT Rodrigo Duterte has foreign trips lined up for the year, starting off with India for the commemorative summit between that country and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN).
Aside from India, trips to South Korea, Australia, and Israel are also being planned for Duterte this year, according to Presidential Spokesman Harry Roque
“I think these are planned visits. So far it’s being discussed between the Department of Foreign Affairs and the countries that have invited the President,” Roque said during a Malacañang press briefing yesterday.
The first trip of the year will likely be to India where Duterte will attend the India-ASEAN Commemorative Summit on January 25 in New Delhi.
Indian media reported that all 10 ASEAN leaders are attending the gathering, and also India’s Republic Day events on January 26.
Roque said there are no definite dates yet on the President’s visits to South Korea, Israel, and Australia.
Asked about the purpose of these foreign trips, Roque said, “These visits, of course, will have very specific goals and part of a state visit or working visit is always to promote trade and investments as far as the Philippines is concerned.”
The President is also expected to attend international events that require his presence such as the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation Leaders’ Summit in Papua New Guinea, and the ASEAN Summit and Related Meetings in Singapore.
Duterte had earlier expressed his aversion to long-haul trips .He however pushed through with a number of foreign travels during his first year which made him the most traveled Philippine president in the first year in office. Some of these trips included visits to China, Japan, Peru, and Russia.