MANILA – President Rodrigo Duterte on Tuesday met with former Polish president and Nobel peace prize awardee Lech Wałęsa.
Wałęsa, who led the once-communist Poland transition to a market economy, is in the Philippines to deliver a lecture at the University of Asia and the Pacific.
A news item by the Presidential News Desk said Duterte during his meeting with Wałęsa recognized the latter’s “role as a labor leader in his country and eventually as Poland’s president.”
Duterte also said he wanted to seek more advice from Wałęsa, the report said.
Wałęsa founded Poland’s first independent trade union, Solidarity, which supported worker strikes against rising food prices and provided help to imprisoned laborers.
Solidarity would later win in 1989 majority of the seats in the Polish parliament. In 1990, Wałęsa became Poland’s first president to have won in a direct election. He served for five years.
Aside from Wałęsa, Duterte also received new non-resident ambassadors-designate Rui Fernando Sucena Do Carmo of Portugal, Olexander Nechytaylo of Ukraine, and Adel Mohamed Ali Ba Hamid of Yemen in a series of ceremonies during their presentation of credentials in Malacañang Tuesday.