Davao International Airport, Davao City
May 16, 2017

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte delivered his arrival statement at the Davao International Airport after embarking on his visits in the Kingdom of Cambodia, Hong Kong, and the People’s Republic of China.

“I return with a renewed sense of belief that, indeed, the future of the Philippines is in ASEAN and in Asia,” the President said as he outlined his series of visits to the three Asian countries.

“At Phnom Penh, I attended the World Economic Forum on ASEAN… I spoke of the opportunities for mutually beneficial partnership, especially in the Philippines’ infrastructure development programme… I invited stakeholders to take part in what is the largest effort to date to modernize and integrate Philippine infrastructure,” President Duterte shared.

The Chief Executive also talked about his official visit in the People’s Republic of China, stating that the One Belt and One Road or OBOR as a great opportunity for the country’s progress and prosperity, including peace and stability. According to him, China’s OBOR aims to focus on improving connectivity and cooperation among Asian countries, Africa, China, and Europe specifically in enhancing land and maritime routes.

“OBOR can be parallel platform for the growth in the region. We can use it to stimulate growth and improve market access as it facilitates connectivity and provides much-needed funding,” he stressed.

Meeting President Xi Jinping and Premier Li Kequiang was also highlighted in President Duterte’s speech. “We renewed our resolve to strengthen our friendship and mutually beneficial partnership on a broad range and areas. We resolved to fully use the mechanisms we have established to dialogue openly, monitor progress and ensure implementation of projects,” the President said.

The South China Sea maritime dispute was also brought up by the President where he said, “We look forward to the inaugural meeting of the Bilateral Consultation Mechanism on the South China Sea later this month. This is a one step forward in peacefully managing disputes.”

In the President’s working visit to Hong Kong, he shared the time spent in talking to the Filipino community. “I updated our kababayan on developments in the country as I thanked them for their important contributions. Our people’s welfare will always be at the center of your government’s agenda,” he said.

“As your President, my mandate is not only to build infrastructure but it is to build a strong and progressive nation. I will remain faithful and committed to this solemn vow,” President Duterte ended.