MANILA, Philippines – The Philippine government has spent a total of P277.387 million on President Rodrigo Duterte's foreign trips, so far.
Malacañang released a breakdown of the amount on Thursday, February 23, at a Palace news briefing.
Duterte has visited 12 countries as President, to date.
See the breakdown below:
The most expensive foreign trip was his visit to Peru to attend the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Leaders' summit last November. The visit cost a total of P86.5 million.
His two-day trip to Vietnam was the cheapest, at P14.1 million in total expenses.
Duterte's trips to Southeast Asian countries is in fulfillment of the Philippines' chairmanship of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) this year.
"These official trips are part of the President’s obligation to maintain and strengthen diplomatic ties with neighboring countries," Abella said in another press briefing on Wednesday.
He said the trips also won for the Philippines many government-to-government agreements and investments.
In China, for example, 13 bilateral agreements were signed while billions worth of soft loans and investment deals were committed to the Philippines. (READ: What Duterte accomplished in China)
He is set to visit two more Southeast Asian countries early this year.
The Palace is also gearing up for Duterte's trip to Russia in the summer months. – Rappler.com
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