Dharel Placido, ABS-CBN News
President Rodrigo Duterte. File Photo
MANILA – President Rodrigo Duterte will make a visit to Hong Kong later this week to meet the huge Filipino community there.
Duterte’s meeting with the Filipino community in Hong Kong will be similar to the ones the president made during his previous trips to parts of Southeast Asia.
Acting Foreign Affairs Spokesperson Robespierre Bolivar said Hong Kong, a special administrative region of China, is home to about 210,000 Filipinos working mainly in households and the hotel and restaurant industry.
“The community has been instrumental in promoting enhanced trade relations between the Philippines and Hong Kong and in promoting our country’s investment opportunities and tourist destinations,” Bolivar told reporters in a news conference.
“The Filipino community in Hong Kong has been actively partnering with our consulate general in ensuring the rights and welfare of our kababayans in Hong Kong are protected and promoted.”
The president’s visit to Hong Kong will be made in between two regional trade-related meetings this week.
The president, who was heavily favored by overseas absentee voters with over 300,000 votes, will be in Hong Kong from May 11 to 13.
Before flying to Hong Kong, Durterte will be in Cambodia to attend the World Economic Forum (WEF) on ASEAN 2017 on May 10 to 11.
After his Hong Kong trip, Duterte will fly to Beijing, China to attend the Belt and Road Forum on May 13 to 15.