President Rodrigo Roa Duterte Receives Credentials of Ambassador-Designates and Meets with CPC Central Committee Member Meng Xiangfeng and Japanese Minister of Internal Affairs and Communications Seiko Noda

Ambassador-Designate of Timor-Leste to the Philippines José Gaspar dos Reis Correia Piedade shows his appreciation to the honor guards upon his arrival in Malacañan Palace where he presented his credentials to President Rodrigo Roa Duterte on January 9, 2017. RICHARD MADELO/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO
President Rodrigo Roa Duterte receives the credentials of Ambassador-Designate of Timor-Leste to the Philippines José Gaspar dos Reis Correia Piedade in Malacañan Palace on January 9, 2017. KING RODRIGUEZ/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO
Ambassador-Designate of Paraguay to the Philippines Irineo Raúl Silvero is accorded with foyer honors upon his arrival in Malacañan Palace where he presented his credentials to President Rodrigo Roa Duterte on January 9, 2017. RICHARD MADELO/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO
President Rodrigo Roa Duterte receives the credentials of Ambassador-Designate of Paraguay to the Philippines Irineo Raúl Silvero Silvagni in Malacañan Palace on January 9, 2017. KING RODRIGUEZ/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO
President Rodrigo Roa Duterte prepares to receive the credentials of Ambassador-Designate of Paraguay to the Philippines Irineo Raúl Silvero Silvagni in Malacañan Palace on January 9, 2017. REY BANIQUET/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO
President Rodrigo Roa Duterte prepares to hand a token to Ambassador-Designate of Paraguay to the Philippines Irineo Raúl Silvero Silvagni after the latter presented his credentials to the President in Malacañan Palace on January 9, 2017. REY BANIQUET/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO
Ambassador-Designate of Malta to the Philippines John Aquilina shows his appreciation to the honor guards upon his arrival in Malacañan Palace where he presented his credentials to President Rodrigo Roa Duterte on January 9, 2017. RICHARD MADELO/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO
President Rodrigo Roa Duterte receives the credentials of Ambassador-Designate of Malta to the Philippines John Aquilino in Malacañan Palace on January 9, 2017. KING RODRIGUEZ/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO
President Rodrigo Roa Duterte shares a light moment with Ambassador-Designate of Malta to the Philippines John Aquilina as the President gives a token after the latter presented his credentials in Malacañan Palace on January 9, 2017. REY BANIQUET/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO
Ambassador-Designate of Estonia to the Philippines Jaak Lensment shows his appreciation to the honor guards upon his arrival in Malacañan Palace where he presented his credentials to President Rodrigo Roa Duterte on January 9, 2017. RICHARD MADELO/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO
President Rodrigo Roa Duterte receives the credentials of Ambassador-Designate of Estonia to the Philippines Jaak Lensment in Malacañan Palace on January 9, 2017. KING RODRIGUEZ/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO
President Rodrigo Roa Duterte greets Chinese Ambassador to the Philippines Zhao Jianhua as the latter accompanied the Communist Party of China Central Committee Member Meng Xiangfeng who met with the President in Malacañan Palace on January 9, 2017. REY BANIQUET/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO
President Rodrigo Roa Duterte does his signature pose with Communist Party of China Central Committee Member Meng Xiangfeng and Chinese Ambassador to the Philippines Zhao Jianhua following their meeting in Malacañan Palace on January 9, 2017. Also in the photo are Senate President Aquilino Pimentel III, Energy Secretary Alfonso Cusi, Foreign Affairs Undersecretary Ernesto Abella, and Special Assistant to the President Christopher Lawrence Go. REY BANIQUET/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO
President Rodrigo Roa Duterte engages in a discussion with Communist Party of China Central Committee Member Meng Xiangfeng who met with the President in Malacañan Palace on January 9, 2017. Also in the photo is Chinese Ambassador to the Philippines Zhao Jianhua. TOTO LOZANO/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO
President Rodrigo Roa Duterte does his signature pose with Communist Party of China Central Committee Member Meng Xiangfeng and Chinese Ambassador to the Philippines Zhao Jianhua following their meeting in Malacañan Palace on January 9, 2017. Also in the photo are Senate President Aquilino Pimentel III, Energy Secretary Alfonso Cusi, Foreign Affairs Undersecretary Ernesto Abella, and Special Assistant to the President Christopher Lawrence Go. TOTO LOZANO/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO
President Rodrigo Roa Duterte shares a light moment with Chinese Ambassador to the Philippines Zhao Jianhua as the latter accompanied the Communist Party of China Central Committee Member Meng Xiangfeng who met with the President in Malacañan Palace on January 9, 2017. YANCY LIM/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO
President Rodrigo Roa Duterte meets with Communist Party of China Central Committee Member Meng Xiangfeng in Malacañan Palace on January 9, 2017. Accompanying Xiangfeng is Chinese Ambassador to the Philippines Zhao Jianhua, while the joining the President are Senate President Aquilino Pimentel III, Energy Secretary Alfonso Cusi, and Foreign Affairs Undersecretary Ernesto Abella. YANCY LIM/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO
President Rodrigo Roa Duterte gives a warm welcome to Japanese Minister of Internal Affairs and Communications Seiko Noda who paid a courtesy call on the President at the Malacañan Palace on January 9, 2017. REY BANIQUET/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO
President Rodrigo Roa Duterte gives a warm welcome to Japanese Minister of Internal Affairs and Communications Seiko Noda who paid a courtesy call on the President in Malacañan Palace on January 9, 2017. TOTO LOZANO/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO
President Rodrigo Roa Duterte gives a warm welcome to Japanese Minister of Internal Affairs and Communications Seiko Noda who paid a courtesy call on the President in Malacañan Palace on January 9, 2017. Also in the photo are Presidential Communications Secretary Martin Andanar and Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque Jr. YANCY LIM/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO
Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque Jr. announces during a press briefing in Malacañang that President Rodrigo Roa Duterte has ordered the Department of Budget and Management to find means to increase the salaries of teachers. TOTO LOZANO/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO