Duterte off to Vietnam this week for working visit

Mara Cepeda
Duterte off to Vietnam this week for working visit
Communications Secretary Marin Andanar says DTI Secretary Ramon Lopez is set to join President Rodrigo Duterte during the trip, and will also meet with Filipinos there

MANILA, Philippines – President Rodrigo Duterte continues his tour of ASEAN countries this week as he heads to Vietnam on September 28 to 29 for a working visit. 

Communications Secretary Martin Andanar said in a radio interview on Sunday, September 25, that the President will likely visit some Filipino communities in Vietnam. 

Oo, ang alam ko lang ho ay merong naka-schedule tentatively na meeting with the Filipino communities (Yes, I know there is a tentatively scheduled meeting with Filipino communities),” Andanar told dzRB. 

He added that Duterte may also visit some business organizations in Vietnam, but could not specify which ones.

Andanar, however, said that Trade Secretary Ramon Lopez is scheduled to accompany Duterte during the working visit. 

But ang nakakasiguro lang po ako ay kasama natin si Secretary Mon Lopez at meron pong inihanda si Secretary Mon Lopez na programa na may kinalaman po sa kanyang departamento (But I’m sure that Secretary Mon Lopez is going and he already prepared programs related to his department),” he said.  

Duterte already flew to Vientiane, Laos earlier this month to attend the ASEAN Summit. He was originally scheduled to visit Brunei first but it was cancelled following the deadly blast at a night market in Davao City, where Duterte was a longtime mayor. 

Rappler sources also learned that the President is set to visit China by the end of October. (READ: Duterte: You’ll see me more often in China

Duterte said he plans to demand that China respect the rights of Filipinos to fish in the West Philippine Sea. – Rappler.com

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Mara Cepeda

Mara Cepeda specializes in stories about politics and local governance. She covers the Office of the Vice President, the Senate, and the Philippine opposition. She is a 2021 fellow of the Asia Journalism Fellowship and the Reham al-Farra Memorial Journalism Fellowship of the UN. Got tips? Email her at mara.cepeda@rappler.com or tweet @maracepeda.