News Release

President Duterte meets Chinese Foreign Minister and Japanese ambassador

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte on Tuesday, July 25, received in a courtesy call at Malacañan Palace Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi and Japanese Ambassador to the Philippines Kazuhide Ishikawa.

During his meeting with the Chinese Foreign Minister, President Duterte expressed gratitude to China for donating firearms to the government troops.

The Chief Executive said the weapons will replace the old guns.

Wang was accompanied by Chinese Ambassador to the Philippines Zhao Jianhua and Department of Information Ministry of Foreign Affairs Deputy Director-General Geng Shuang and Department of Asian Affairs, Ministry of Foreign Affairs Deputy Director-General Bai Tian.

Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano, Philippine Ambassador to China Jose Santiago Sta. Romana, DFA Undersecretary Enrique Manalo and Bases Conversion and Development Authority President and CEO Vivencio Dizon were also present during the courtesy call.

Meanwhile, three ambassadors paid a farewell call on President Duterte on Tuesday.

First to meet the President was Italy’s Ambassador to the Philippines Massimo Roscigno and his wife Agnes Roscigno. DFA Directors Pablito Mendoza and Leila Lora-Santos were also present.

United Kingdom’s Ambassador to the Philippine Asif Ahmad also had a farewell call with the President. He was accompanied by Ms. Kim del Mundo.

Foreign Affairs chief Cayetano and DFA Assistant Secretary Maria Cleofe Natividad were also present.

President Duterte also met with outgoing Belgian Ambassador to the Philippines Roland Van Remoortele, who was accompanied by Deputy Head of Mission Xavier Leblanc. ###PND