MANILA – President Rodrigo Duterte’s trips since assuming the presidency have cost the government about P277 million, Malacañang said on Tuesday.
Presidential spokesperson Ernesto Abella said that while the trips’ price tag ran into the hundreds of millions of pesos, this was not put to waste as the president was able to net investment pledges worth billions of dollars.
Abella said that of all the trips that Duterte had made so far, his visits to China and Japan were the most fruitful.
"The visit to China resulted in more than 20 agreements with an estimated value, total value of US$4 billion and will generate over 100,000 jobs," Abella said.
Abella said, among the agreements with China were for the construction of drug rehabilitation facilities and supply of equipment for law enforcement activities.
Duterte’s visit to Japan also produced investment commitments estimated at US$1.85-billion and will generate about 250,000 jobs in the next few years, Abella said.
Abella added there at least 15 loans entered into by national government agencies for various projects during Duterte’s visit to Japan, such as the constructions of North Avenue to FTI Taguig subway and the Manila to Clark high-speed railway.
Since assuming the presidency, Duterte has visited Brunei, Laos, Indonesia, Vietnam, China, Japan, Thailand, Malaysia, Peru, New Zealand, Cambodia, and Singapore.