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Duterte Meets Netanyahu: 'We Share the Same Passion for Peace'

LOOK: President Duterte meets with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.




Duterte and Netanyahu witness the signing of three accords between the Philippines and Israel. (šŸ“· Palace)


Duterte tells @netanyahu in #Jerusalem: ‘We share the same passion for peace. We share the same passion for human beings. But we also share the same passion of not allowing a family to be destroyed by those who [have] corrupt ideologies’







Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu met with Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte in Jerusalem on Monday, the second day of Duterte's four-day visit.

Following the meeting, Netanyahu said that relations between the two countries had been flourishing in recent years. Netanyahu noted that Filipinos had rescued Jews during the Holocaust, and that Duterte's trip marked the first visit by a Philippine president since the two countries established diplomatic relations in 1975.

"May we continue to be blessed with a strong relationship," Duterte said after Netanyahu spoke. "We share the same passion for peace. We share the same passion for human beings. But we also share the same passion of not allowing a family to be destroyed by those who [have] corrupt ideologies... In this sense, Israel can expect any help that the Philippines can extend."

Duterte is scheduled to meet with President Reuven Rivlin, followed by a tour of Yad Vashem Holocaust Remembrance Center and the Old City in Jerusalem.

Duterte landed in Israel on Sunday before attending at a closed event that evening in Jerusalem's Ramada Hotel.

"Trump is a good friend of mine. He speaks my language. Obama is a cold man," Duterte told the crowd. He went on to apologize for referring to the former U.S. president as "a son of a bitch."

Other aspects of his trip, though, had not been made public, including a visit to a display of advanced weapons and equipment arranged by the Defense Ministry, and the signing of an oil exploration license that is being granted to the Israeli-owned company Ratio Petroleum.

The Israeli company was the successful bidder three years ago for an offshore oil exploration license issued through the Philippine Energy Ministry, but the exploration concession has been awaiting Duterte’s signature for the past six months, a delay caused in part by reform efforts and criticism regarding permit and taxation policies.

As a result, senior executives at Ratio Petroleum sought assistance from the Israeli Foreign Ministry to facilitate the signing during Duterte’s visit, Haaretz has learned. The Philippine media have reported that the exploration zone holds major potential.

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