Duterte back in PH from visits to Israel, Jordan


Posted at Sep 08 2018 11:09 AM

MANILA - President Rodrigo Duterte returned home Saturday morning, landing in Davao City at 11:03 a.m. following his trips to Israel and Jordan over the week. 

During his trip, Duterte met Jordan's King Abdullah bin Al-Hussein, who personally welcomed him to his palace on Thursday. 

Among the issues the two leaders talked about was the plight of undocumented Filipinos in Jordan. 

The Philippine and Jordanian governments also signed deals on labor, foreign affairs, and trade.

Jordan also promised to donate two attack helicopters and other military equipment to the Philippines.

Philippine and Jordanian firms signed $64.675 million in deals during Duterte's visit. 

In his Israel visit, meanwhile, Duterte came home with $82.9 million in business deals expected to create 790 jobs.

The first Philippine President to go on an official visit to Israel, Duterte also met with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and President Reuven Rivlin, and visited the Yad Vashem, Israel’s official memorial for victims of the Holocaust.

The President capped off the Israel leg of his trip with a visit to the Open Doors Monument, which commemorates the Philippines' “open door” policy for Jews fleeing the Holocaust.