Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte to visit Singapore from Dec 14 to 16

President Rodrigo Duterte will go on a state visit to Singapore on Dec 14 to 16.
President Rodrigo Duterte will go on a state visit to Singapore on Dec 14 to 16. PHOTO: EPA

President Rodrigo Duterte will be in Singapore on Dec 14 to 16 for a state visit that will likely build on talks he held with Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong in Laos in September.

In their half-hour meeting on the sidelines of the Asean summit in Vientanne on Sept 6, the two leaders reaffirmed the long and close ties between their nations.

They also looked forward to the celebrations of the golden jubilee of diplomatic relations between Manila and Singapore in 2019.

Mr Duterte has been on a tour of South-east Asia, as the Philippines prepares to take over as Asean chair next year (2017).

He travelled to Indonesia in September and Malaysia in November to hammer out agreements on joint efforts to combat sea piracy, the narcotics trade and a spate of kidnappings plaguing waters off Malaysia's Sabah state and the Philippines' Sulu archipelago.

He was also in Vietnam in September, to reaffirm Manila's commitment to keep the peace in the South China Sea, as well as guarantee freedom of navigation and overflight, and unimpeded commerce in disputed waters.

Mr Duterte went to Brunei in September and in Thailand in November to pay his respects to the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej.

In November 2014, then President Benigno Aquino went on a two-day state visit to Singapore