Singaporean leader visits Davao during 5-day state visit

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Sep 10 2019 06:27 PM

MANILA - Singaporean President Halimah Yacob on Tuesday visited Davao City, President Rodrigo Duterte's hometown, during her 5-day visit in the country.

Duterte's son, Davao City Vice Mayor Sebastian Duterte personally welcomed the Singaporean leader.

Halimah, who is the first female President of Singapore, will later have dinner with local Davao officials.

She will also attend a tour of the Philippine Eagle Foundation Center in the city and hold a dialogue with youth from Mindanao in Ateneo de Davao.

The Singaporean leader earlier visited Manila and laid a flower wreath before the monument of Dr. Jose Rizal at Luneta Park in the capital. She also went to the opening of Singaporium, a meeting among the members of the Philippines-Singapore Business Council in Manila.

Halimah arrived in the country and discussed strengthening bilateral ties between Singapore and the Philippines with Duterte. Both leaders signed bilateral agreements, including 8 memoranda of understanding on education, agriculture, infrastructure, and culture, among others.

Her visit marks the 50th anniversary of diplomatic ties between her country and the Philippines. 

- Report from Louie Angchay, ABS-CBN News