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Palace official optimistic about Duterte’s visit to China

MANILA, Philippines- Malacañang said on Saturday the state visit of President Rodrigo Duterte to China is expected to bring good news to Filipinos.

Included in the itinerary of the President are meetings with Chinese President Xi Jinping, Chinese Premier Li Keqiang and National People’s Congress Chairman Zhang Dejiang.

President Duterte is also expected to visit a drug rehabilitation center in China.

According to Presidential Spokesperson Ernesto Abella, several memoranda of agreement will be signed in various fields of cooperation between the two countries.

“Expected po natin na maganda po resulta nito sa ating bayan (We expect that these will have good results for our country) and it will bring in an economic increase. So, inaantabayanan po natin itong ating panibagong pakikipag-usap sa Tsina (we are awaiting these new talks with China),” Abella said in a radio interview with Radyo ng Bayan.

Abella also noted that hundreds of businessmen will be joining President Duterte during his trip to China.

“So we expect po na maganda po ang magiging resulta nito para sa atin. (So we expect that this will bring good results for us.) It will bring greater cooperation,” he said.

In the same radio briefing, Abella called on the public to keep safe and prepare for the onslaught of Typhoon Karen, which is expected to make landfall on Sunday.

“Please maghanda po tayo dahil ‘Karen’, ‘yung 11th po na typhoon na papasok sa ating bayan this year ay scheduled po to make landfall sa Aurora or Quezon bukas po ng umaga,” he said.

(“Let us brace ourselves because ‘Karen’, the 11th typhoon to hit the country this year, is scheduled to make landfall in Aurora or Quezon tomorrow morning,” he said.)

“We would like to encourage buong sambayanan natin na mag-ingat (the entire nation to take care) and then to please make sure na, ilayo po natin ang sarili natin sa peligro (make sure that we protect ourselves from danger),” he added. (PNA)

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