Duterte received a red carpet greeting in Halim Perdanakusuma International Airport in Jakarta, Indonesia during his first-ever state visit as president of the Philippines. A black Mercedes-Benz was also prepared by the Indonesian government for Duterte,
He immediately proceeded to a high-class Shangri-La hotel to have discussions with Indonesian Minister of Law and Human Rights Yasonna H. Laoly. He is also set to meet the Filipino community in Indonesia as well as President Joko Widodo to discuss the situation of some Indonesians being kidnapped by the Abu Sayyaf extremist group while also having talks about Mary Jane Veloso, a Filipina who is still detained in Yogyakarta Prison.
The administration of Duterte’s battle agains illegal drugs also prompted Indonesia’s anti-drug chief Budi Waseso to similarly adapt their approach in fighting their own issues on drugs.
They will arrive at the State Palace at 3:00 p.m. to proceed their discussions to be followed by a joint press statement after.
Duterte will have a busy schedule in Indonesia where he will be honored at a state banquet in the Palace before flying off the airport, departing at Jakarta at exactly 9:00 p.m.
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