President Rodrigo Roa Duterte and daughter Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio arrives at the Ben Gurion International Airport in Tel Aviv, Israel, September 2, 2018. | PCOO
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has formally received President Rodrigo Duterte who is in Israel for a for a four-day official visit.
The two leaders witnessed the signing of three agreements on trade, science, and caregiving.
Netanyahu underscored the diplomatic ties of the two countries that go back to when the Philippines provided sanctuary to Jewish refugees after World War II and voting at the United Nations in favor of the establishment of the State of Israel.
“We remember our friends, and that friendship has blossomed over the years and especially over the last few years,” he said.
The Prime Minister also recognized the assistance that Filipino caregivers provide to Israeli families.
“There has been a remarkable phenomenon in Israel where thousands and thousands of families have taken heart from the support given by Filipino caretakers for the elderly,” he said.
President Duterte, in turn, expressed his gratitude to the Jewish state for its fair treatment of Filipino migrant workers.
He also assured that the Philippines is prepared to extend support should Israel ever need it.
“We share the same passion for peace, we share the same passion for human beings but also we share the same passion of not allowing our country to be destroyed by those who have the corrupt ideology, who know nothing but to kill and destroy. And in this sense Israel can expect any help that the Philippines can extend to your country,” Duterte said.
The President also visited Yad Vashem Holocaust Memorial and is set to meet with Israeli President Reuven Rivilin.
Duterte is scheduled to visit a military camp to look at various advanced military weapon and equipment. — UNTV News & Rescue