MANILA - Ilocos Norte Governor Imee Marcos said she "really requested" to join President Rodrigo Duterte state visits to 3 Middle Eastern countries this week to check on the situation of overseas Filipino workers.
Marcos said she made the request because many of her constituents are working in the Middle East.
"I really requested to join dahil sa overseas migrant labor na nasa Middle East. Napakaraming Ilokano, napakaraming kababaihan so importante sa akin na malaman sitwasyon nila," she said.
(There are many Ilocanos and women so it is important for me to check on their situation.)
Marcos also explained her participation in past foreign trips of the President in China and Singapore.
"I've also joined the President in China and in Singapore dahil yung parents ko nagsimula ng relations with China nung 70's. 'Yung sa Singapore, natira ako doon, very familiar ako sa business community," she explained.
Duterte earlier said Imee Marcos donated to his presidential bid in the 2016 elections.
The governor, however, denied giving money to Duterte.
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Foreign Affairs Assistant Secretary Hjayceelyn Quintana said President Duterte will visit the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia from April 10 to 12, the Kingdom of Bahrain from 12 to 14, and the State of Qatar from 14 to 16.
Duterte is scheduled to meet with the countries' leaders and the overseas Filipino workers there during the visits.
-- with a report from Vina Araneta, ABS-CBN News