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June 18, 2018


President Moon Jae-in of South Korea welcomed President Rodrigo Roa Duterte at the Cheong Wa Dae (Blue House), to reaffirm the ties and bilateral trade relationship between Manila and Seoul. According to President Duterte, the visit has been “very productive,” noting that they discussed matters of paramount importance to the two countries’ bilateral relations. Included in the discussion were the political and economic cooperation of both countries, defense and security, trade and investments, infrastructure, information and smart technologies, agriculture, protection of nationals, and the environment. Both leaders have agreed to expand its bilateral trade volume that is currently pegged at approximately 15 billion dollars.


President Rodrigo Roa Duterte met with the Filipino Community at the Convention Hall of the Grand Hilton Hotel and Convention Center in Seoul, South Korea last June 3, 2018. He introduced his cabinet members one by one:

PRES. DUTERTE: I’d start with His Excellency Han Dong-Man, Korean Ambassador to the Philippines  thank you; the Philippine Ambassador to Korea Raul Hernandez ; Philippine Foreign Affairs Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano  and his lovely wife the Taguig Mayor Maria Laarni Cayetano ; We have the Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez III  ‘yan ang hindi naniwala na ang sapatos ko Marikina kaya tinanggal ko. Siyempre, titingnan mo. ‘Yung kanya mahal [laughter]. Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade . Tugade is my classmate. He was our valedictorian. He is rich. Noon pa, sa College pa kami of Law, mayaman na ‘yan. Si Labor and Employment Secretary Silvestre Bello III  sila ho ‘yung lumakad sa problema natin sa Kuwait. I think I’ll go there. I’d like to thank the Kuwaiti government for understanding us and keeping their faith in us and practically gave to all of my demands.

Si Secretary Piñol. You know, I chose him because he is really a farm boy. He was governor of North Cotabato.
May biro ako diyan- Alam mo ang mga Ilonggo, [Speaks Ilonggo] Nagkita kami sa airport ni Manny. Sabi ko, “Governor,  are you leaving?” Sa pre-departure. “Oo.” Sa pre-departure area sa Davao, makikita mo ‘yung mga masahista. ‘Yung bulag. Bulag ‘yan sila pero while waiting, if you want to get a massage. The masseuse is nandiyan lang but they can distinguish your voice. So pag masahe, hinawakan siya ng masahista, sabi, “sir, Ilonggo ka?” “Oo ah.” “Sir, ka boses mo si… si Manny Piñol ka?” “Oo ah.” “Sir, Ilonggo ka nga” “Oo, bakit?” “Kaya pala, sir,” “Bakit?” “Medyo puno ‘yung ulo mo ng hangin.”


President Duterte also thanked the Kuwaiti officials for the current circumstances the OFWs were experiencing in Kuwait. It was Aniceto Bertiz III who brought into public consciousness the conditions of the Filipino workers in Kuwait.
Pinasalamatan nang Pangulong Duterte ang opisyal ng bansang Kuwait para sa kapakanan ng ating mga OFW.

PRES. DUTERTE: I’d like to thank the government of- And for the first time, I would say that I was harsh in my language. Maybe because that was a result of emotional outburst. But I’d like to apologize now. I’m sorry for the language that I was using. But I’m very satisfied by the way how you responded to the problems of my country.


The President also mentioned DENR Secretary Roy Cimatu’s job in cleaning up Boracay as well as dealing with the issues of mining in the country. Stating that it was just a matter of time when he decides to shut down open-pit mining altogether.

PRES. DUTERTE: Mining, ‘yang open-pit. It’s destroying the country. I do not decide by years. I decide by weeks and months. Baka ipasara ko talaga ang mining na open-pit. Ang kanilang siltation, ‘yung lupa it’s brown. Walang problema sa mga mayaman. Ang problema ang marine life, para sa mga fisherfolk. Sabi ko, either we have to reinvent mining in the Philippines or sarado kayong lahat.


The president remarked about flying using commercial flights vs chartered plane. With a chartered plane, one spends around 5Mil a day and it just waits until you leave. If one stays in Korea for 3 days, that’s a lot of millions wasted.


The president also mentioned his friends, Rey Langit, Robin Padilla and Philip Salvador. He remarked how National Security Adviser, Hermogenes Esperon keeps the country safe. And that the current Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque and his Presidential Assistant Bong Go are running for senator. He also praised Sen. Gringo Honasan who has been instrumental in changing the course of the country’s history.


The president was also bestowed with an Honorary 9th Dan Blackbelt certificate given by the World University Taekwondo Federation of South Korea. Other notable leaders that have received the award were President Vladimir Vladimirovich Putin of Russia and former US President Barack Hussein Obama II. PCOO Secretary Martin Andanar received the award for the president.

Special Assistant to the President Christopher Bong Go was given an Honorary 5th Dan Blackbelt certificate and uniform at Kukkiwon, National Taekwondo Insitute in Seoul.

According to Chairman Kim Seong Tae, President of the World University Taekwondo Federation (WUTF), on July 10-15 they will be holding an International Sports Competition in Pohang, South Korea. It is expected that 209 Taekwondo member countries will participate in this event, wherein the Filipino Athletic Association is expected to attend.


During the business forum attended by 400 Korean businessmen, the President was able to sign at least 23 agreements that are projected to generate around US$4.9 billion in investments. These will be in the following sectors: shipbuilding, manufacturing, food production and food processing; agribusiness; energy (eg. renewable energy); finance and banking; infrastructure; tourism and real estate; and other labor-intensive Korean industries.

It is expected that these investments will generate 50,000 new jobs in these areas.

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