Duterte arrives in Beijing to begin state visit

Pia Ranada
Duterte arrives in Beijing to begin state visit


The government delegation to accompany President Rodrigo Duterte is updated to include House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez, more lawmakers, and more Cabinet secretaries

BEIJING, China – President Rodrigo Duterte arrived in Beijing, China on Tuesday night, October 18.

His chartered plane, with flight number PR001, landed at the Beijing Capital International Airport at around 8:07 pm on Tuesday. The plane had left Brunei around 5 hours ago, after Duterte’s state visit to that country.

Duterte’s arrival signals the start of his 4-day state visit to China. He is the 7th Philippine president to visit China since diplomatic relations between the two countries were established in 1975. (READ: FAST FACTS: Philippines-China presidential visits)

Read about Duterte’s activities while in China here.

Duterte is accompanied on the trip by a large government delegation composed of Cabinet secretaries and lawmakers, notably House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez.

Here is the official list: 

  • Foreign Secretary Perfecto Yasay Jr
  • Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez
  • Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana
  • Trade Secretary Ramon Lopez
  • Communications Secretary Martin Andanar

  • National Security Adviser Hermogenes Esperon Jr
  • Chief Peace Adviser Jesus Dureza
  • Chief Legal Counsel Salvador Panelo
  • House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez
  • Senator Alan Peter Cayetano, chair of Senate committee on foreign affairs
  • Public Works and Highways Secretary Mark Villar
  • Tourism Secretary Wanda Teo
  • Cabinet Secretary Leoncio Evasco Jr
  • Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade
  • Agriculture Secretary Manny Piñol
  • Special Assistant to the President Christopher Go
  • National Economic and Development Authority Director-General Ernesto Pernia
  • Presidential Spokesman Ernesto Abella
  • Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency Director-General Isidro Lapeña
  • Interior Secretary Mike Sueno
  • Bases Conversion and Development Authority President Vivencio Dizon
  • Senator Sherwin Gatchalian
  • Bohol 3rd District Representative Arthur Yap
  • Valenzuela City 1st District Representative Wesley Gatchalian
  • Kabayan Representative Harry Roque
  • Presidential Adviser on Economic Affairs and Information and Communication Technology Ramon Jacinto
  • Charge d’Affaires of Philippine Embassy in Beijing Elizabeth Te
  • Special Envoy to China Carlos Chan
  • Special Envoy to China Fernando Borja

The Cabinet secretaries and lawmakers are expected to participate in expanded bilateral meetings with Duterte and Chinese President Xi Jinping on Thursday, October 20. (READ: Duterte faces Asia’s Goliath: What PH stands to lose or gain in China)

The attendance of officials overseeing economic sectors like tourism, infrastructure, agriculture, and trade indicate that economic relations will be a major focus of the trip. (READ: How Duterte’s China trip could help the economy)

But there is also a slew of defense officials and law enforcement officials in the delegation, indicating that national security issues and the fight against illegal drugs will be discussed. – Rappler.com

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Pia Ranada

Pia Ranada is a senior reporter for Rappler covering Philippine politics and environmental issues. For tips and story suggestions, email her at pia.ranada@rappler.com.