President Duterte’s successful trip to Vietnam

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President Duterte in the plane before arriving in Vietnam (with Justice Sec Vitaliano Aguirre II, Sec. Bong Go, and Sen. Alan Peter Cayetano)

President Rodrigo Duterte’s second state visit was as a success as he was warmly received by Vietnam. This is his third international trip following his visits to Laos for the ASEAN Summit and Indonesia.

As announced by the President following his arrival this morning from his Hanoi trip, the two countries committed to boost the strategic partnership of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam and the Republic of the Philippines.

It includes strengthening military, economic, and law enforcement cooperation. He emphasized that Vietnam also recognized the importance of the fight against illegal drugs.

Among the highlights of the trip were his meetings with Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc and President Tran Dai Quang. Just a quick fact, Vietnam has shared equal power among the Prime Minister and the President.

Going back, Duterte was also warmly welcomed by the Filipino community there as can be seen in the photo below.

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The thriving economy of Vietnam attracts Filipinos and there is a significant number of investors and workers there. He also met with a Filipino business group during his trip.

Even in Vietnam, Duterte pushed for the problem of illegal drugs and asserted the need to fight against its proliferation to save the next generation.

Sending his message to his political critics here in Manila, he repeated his endearing quote that he will be willing to sacrifice even himself to save the next generation. “I am willing to put at stake my life, my liberty, and even the presidency,” he said.

However, we at the DDS will not allow that to happen and we have seen the great changes that has been evident and the accomplishments in the first 100 Days should be nothing short of a celebration as no other President was able to reach the feat that Duterte was able to do, despite the noisy Liberal Party breathing down his neck.

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