News Release

President Duterte arrives in China to attend Boao Forum for Asia

HAINAN, China–President Rodrigo Duterte arrived at the Qionghai Boao Airport on Monday, April 9, aboard a chartered Philippine Airlines flight.

The President’s plane touched down at the Qionghai Boao Airport at 5:55 pm.

Upon arrival at the airport, the President was welcomed by Philippine Ambassador to China Jose Santiago Sta. Romana, Chinese Ambassador to the Philippines Zhao Jianhua and Boao local officials.

Among those accompanying the President were Special Assistant to the President Christopher “Bong” Go, Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio, Foreign Affairs Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano, NEDA Director General Ernesto Pernia, Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III, Communications Secretary Martin Andanar, Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque, Energy Secretary Alfonso Cusi, and DOST Secretary Fortunato dela Peña, among others.

The President then proceeded to the Golden Coast Hotel at 6:36 pm. He was received by Foreign Affairs Undersecretary Manuel Teehankee and officials and staff of the Philippine Embassy in China.

Shortly upon his arrival, President Duterte received former President Gloria Macapagal – Arroyo in a courtesy call.

The former President said she will be watching President Duterte when he conducts his speech at the Boao Forum for Asia (BFA).

Former President Arroyo, on the other hand, is attending the BFA at the invitation of the Boao Secretariat.

among those present during the courtesy call were Special Assistant to the President Christopher “Bong” Go, and Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio.

In a media interview earlier in the day, Philippine Ambassador to China Jose Santiago Sta. Romana said former President Arroyo might take the position of former President Ramos at the BFA Board.

“I think she is running for a Board seat and she could take the position of former President Ramos. So we’ll still have a Philippine representation in the Boao Secretariat, in the Boao Board if these things materialize,” Sta. Romana had said.

President Duterte is here in China for his attendance to the Boao Forum for Asia, a non-profit organization hosting high-level fora for heads of states, government ministers, business leaders and academic experts to address major challenges confronting the region and the world.

BFA is committed to facilitating economic integration and common development in the Asia-Pacific Region.

Conceptualized in 1998 by former President Fidel Ramos, former Japanese Prime Minister Morihiro Hosokawa and former Australian Prime Minister Bob Hawke, the forum was launched on February 27, 2001 with 26 participating countries. It has since grown to 29 participating countries. ### (PND)