President Rodrigo Roa Duterte and his official delegation departed on Sunday, March 19, for his back-to-back official visits to the nations of Myanmar and Thailand.

In his departure speech, Pres. Duterte underscored the significance of his journeys in strengthening partnership and cooperation with the 2 nations significantly in financial, commerce and funding, schooling, protection, and combatting transnational crimes corresponding to terrorism, piracy and illicit drug commerce.

“I leave today for the Republic of the Union of Myanmar and the Kingdom of Thailand. These Official Visits form the final leg of my introductory trips to my colleagues and friends in ASEAN,” he mentioned.

He famous that his visits are well timed because the Philippines prepares to host the 30th ASEAN Summit and Related Meetings in Manila this April.

Upon the invitation of the Myanmar President U Htin Kyaw, Duterte will first go to Myanmar from March 19 to 20 and is predicted to have bilateral talks with the Myanmar President who will even host a state banquet in honor of the visiting head of state.

“Myanmar is our ASEAN neighbor and friend with whom we’ve had relations for more than six decades now. My visit will underscore our commitment to deepen partnership with Myanmar towards a brighter and better future,” Duterte mentioned.

He mentioned bilateral commerce and funding would be the key space of debate since Myanmar’s financial improvement is acknowledged as one of many quickest within the area whereas the Philippines is increasing companies with its neighboring nations. Mutually helpful sectors of development such prescribed drugs, meals and drinks will even be mentioned.

Duterte can be scheduled to satisfy with different high-ranking authorities officers in Myanmar together with State Counsellor and Foreign Minister Daw Aung San Suu Kyi and Commander-in-Chief of Defense Services, Senior General Min Aung Hlaing.

From Myanmar, the President will proceed to Thailand for one more official go to from March 20 to 22.

Duterte mentioned he shall be holding a bilateral assembly with Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha to debate strengthening protection relations, intensifying commerce and funding, and enhancing schooling, cooperation, amongst others.

The Chief Executive can be scheduled to satisfy with a number of members of the company sector in Thailand to debate financial alternatives within the Philippines.

The President shall be assembly the Filipino group in each Myanmar and Thailand.

He mentioned he’ll thank them for his or her help and apprise them of the numerous developments taking place within the nation since he assumed the presidency.

Campaign vs corruption, medication and criminalityPrior to his departure, the President answered a number of queries from the media on some urgent points within the nation right this moment.

On the impeachment case filed in opposition to him, the President disregarded the problem saying that he would relatively deal with performing his duties and complying with his guarantees to the folks corresponding to eradicating corruption, unlawful medication and criminality.

“I welcome both developments. They can do their worst. I can do better in my performance as a worker in government, period. This is a democracy,” he mentioned.

“I will deliver on my promises. Listen to me, even if it could cost me my life, my honor, and the presidency. Kaya kong bitawan lahat ‘yan, mawala sa akin, but I will comply with my promise,” he added.

He additionally mentioned that there shall be enchancment within the space of regulation and order warning drug lords and criminals to cease their unlawful actions as soon as and for all to keep away from having bother with the federal government.

The President’s official delegation consists of performing Foreign Affairs Secretary Enrique Manalo, Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana, Trade Secretary Ramon Lopez, Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Piñol, National Security Adviser Hermogenes Esperon, Presidential Communications Secretary Martin Andanar, Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency Director Isidro Lapeña, and Senators Alan Peter Cayetano and Vicente Sotto III.