The Most Inclusive State Visit

October 31st, 2016
President Rodrigo Roa Duterte of the Republic of the Philippines during his state visit in China.

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte of the Republic of the Philippines during his state visit in China.

Last week, I joined the delegation of President Rodrigo Duterte on his state visit to China. It was the largest Filipino contingent in history with more than 500 business delegates and government officials.

I can say that this is a very inclusive state visit. For many state visits before, you will have to apply then if you’re lucky, you will be selected. Here, you state if you want to go then you will just have to pay your own fare and hotel. The Department of Trade and Industry did a very good job managing all the delegates, given the very strict security.

It was successful as we have developed our relationship with China and brought home billions worth of investments and partnerships.

President Duterte’s son-in-law Manases Carpio, PA Joey Concepcion, Marissa Concepcion, PNP Director General Ronald “Bato” Dela Rosa, and Frederick Go of Robinson’s Land Corporation.

President Duterte’s son-in-law Manases Carpio, PA Joey Concepcion, Marissa Concepcion, PNP Director General Ronald “Bato” Dela Rosa, and Frederick Go of Robinson’s Land Corporation.

Edgar “Injap” Sia II of Injap Investments Inc., Tony Tan Caktiong of Jollibee Foods Corporation, Myla Villanueva of Novare Technologies, Alice Eduardo of Sta. Elena Construction and Development Corporation, Johnlu Koa of French Baker.

Edgar “Injap” Sia II of Injap Investments Inc., Tony Tan Caktiong of Jollibee Foods Corporation, Myla Villanueva of Novare Technologies, Alice Eduardo of Sta. Elena Construction and Development Corporation, Johnlu Koa of French Baker.

PA Joey Concepcion, DTI Usec. Nora Terrado, Rosalind Wee of W Group, George Barcelon of PCCI.

PA Joey Concepcion, DTI Usec. Nora Terrado, Rosalind Wee of W Group, George Barcelon of PCCI.

Rosalind Wee of W Group, Michael Tan of Asia Brewery Corporation and Fernando Zobel de Ayala of Ayala Corporation.

Rosalind Wee of W Group, Michael Tan of Asia Brewery Corporation and Fernando Zobel de Ayala of Ayala Corporation.

 Johnlu Koa of French Baker, Alice Eduardo of Sta. Elena Construction and Development Corporation, Marissa Concepcion, PA Joey Concepcion, Lance Gokongwei of JG Summit Holdings, Inc., and Henry Lim Bon Liong of SL Agritech Corporation.

Johnlu Koa of French Baker, Alice Eduardo of Sta. Elena Construction and Development Corporation, Marissa Concepcion, PA Joey Concepcion, Lance Gokongwei of JG Summit Holdings, Inc., and Henry Lim Bon Liong of SL Agritech Corporation.

Cong. Arthur Yap, PA Joey Concepcion, and Andrew Tan of Alliance Global Group, Inc.

Cong. Arthur Yap, PA Joey Concepcion, and Andrew Tan of Alliance Global Group, Inc.

Chito Sobrepena of Metrobank Corporation, Taguig Mayor Lani Cayetano, Rosalind Wee and Lee Hiong Wee of W Group.

Chito Sobrepena of Metrobank Corporation, Taguig Mayor Lani Cayetano, Rosalind Wee and Lee Hiong Wee of W Group.

 Alice Eduardo of Sta. Elena Construction and Development Corporation and DTI Sec. Ramon Lopez.

Alice Eduardo of Sta. Elena Construction and Development Corporation and DTI Sec. Ramon Lopez.

Cong. Arthur Yap, Alice Eduardo of Sta. Elena Construction and Development Corporation, PA Joey Concepcion, Marissa Concepcion, Michael Tan of Asia Brewery Corporation, Lance Gokongwei of JG Summit Holdings, Inc., and Johnlu Koa of French Baker.

Cong. Arthur Yap, Alice Eduardo of Sta. Elena Construction and Development Corporation, PA Joey Concepcion, Marissa Concepcion, Michael Tan of Asia Brewery Corporation, Lance Gokongwei of JG Summit Holdings, Inc., and Johnlu Koa of French Baker.

Johnlu Koa of French Baker, PA Joey Concepcion, Alice Eduardo of Sta. Elena Construction and Development Corporation, Alou Koa, and Tennyson Chen of Bounty Fresh Foods Inc.

Johnlu Koa of French Baker, PA Joey Concepcion, Alice Eduardo of Sta. Elena Construction and Development Corporation, Alou Koa, and Tennyson Chen of Bounty Fresh Foods Inc.

Amb. Carlos Chan of Liwayway Marketing Corp. and Alice Eduardo of Sta. Elena Construction and Development Corporation.

Amb. Carlos Chan of Liwayway Marketing Corp. and Alice Eduardo of Sta. Elena Construction and Development Corporation.

Alice Eduardo of Sta. Elena Construction and Development Corporation and Hans Sy of SM Prime Holdings Inc.

Alice Eduardo of Sta. Elena Construction and Development Corporation and Hans Sy of SM Prime Holdings Inc.

Department of Finance Secretary Carlos Domingu ez III and Department of Agriculture Secretary Manny Piñol.

Department of Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez III and Department of Agriculture Secretary Manny Piñol.