India's Modi assures Duterte of medicines, COVID-19 pharmaceutical products

Arianne Merez, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jun 10 2020 06:49 PM

India's Modi assures Duterte of medicines, COVID-19 pharmaceutical products 1
President Rodrigo Duterte talks on the phone with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi at the Presidential Guest House in Panacan, Davao City on June 9, 2020. Arman Baylon, Presidential Photo

MANILA - Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has assured President Rodrigo Duterte of unimpeded supply of medicine and pharmaceutical products needed in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic, Malacañang said Wednesday.

Modi gave his word during a 25-minute phone call Tuesday with Duterte initiated by India, Malacañang said in an official statement.

"President Duterte and Prime Minister Modi vowed--as partner countries with key roles to play in the Indo-Pacific region--to cooperate in the fight against COVID-19," the Palace statement reads.

"The leaders reaffirmed their shared commitment to harness international and bilateral cooperation to effectively address the coronavirus pandemic," it added.

Modi promised to supply the Philippines with Hydroxycholoquine which is being studied for COVID-19 treatment.

Duterte hailed Modi's promise, saying it shows India's "commitment to cooperation and to good neighborliness."

Mondi, in a tweet, said he had a "useful exchange" with Duterte.

"India and the Philippines will cooperate to reduce the health and economic impact of the pandemic, and to give shape to our common vision for the Indo-Pacific region," the Indian leader said.

Modi also assured Duterte that New Delhi is "ready to extend all possible cooperation to the Philippines and that the Philippines will definitely benefit from the vaccine that India is developing."

India has so far confirmed 276,583 COVID-19 cases, the fifth-highest in the world, while the Philippines has 23,732.