Palace describes Duterte’s visit in Gulf states as “moving”

Date Posted: 04/15/2017

Presidential Spokesperson Ernesto Abella on Friday described the reception President Rodrigo Duterte is getting from the Filipino communities in the Gulf States as “extraordinarily warm”.

“The President is on his second leg of state visits to GCC (Gulf Cooperation Council) countries. The reception has been extraordinarily warm, built upon the decades-long presence of Filipino overseas workers,” the President’s spokesperson said in a press briefing.
He underscored that Filipinos abroad now feel they have a President and a government who prioritizes their needs and ensures that they are being recognized in the national life and conversation.

“These have been very moving days, and the closest one can describe is a father meeting with his children and extended family.”
Many of these overseas Filipino workers (OFWs), Abella said, work as nannies for the children of the rich and powerful in the region as many have been touched by the caring heart of the Filipino.

Meanwhile, the President, on the second day of his state visit to Bahrain, witnessed the signing of key agreements, attended to a number of courtesy calls, and presided over some private meetings.

Just recently, President Duterte graced the signing of a memorandum of understanding between AMA Group Holdings Corp. and Nader & Ebrahim Sons of Hassan Company, where the parties agreed to expand their operation in Mindanao by targeting an additional 10,000 hectares of land for agricultural production.