By Prince Golez
President Rodrigo Duterte and Chinese President Xi Jinping held a restricted meeting Thursday after their bilateral talks.
This was revealed by Duterte during the Philippines-China business forum held at the Grand Hyatt in Beijing Friday.
“I was advised of this late but I don’t know if I have a chance to see the President again. We had a restricted meeting last night. And well had I known about this then would be a proper subject for a restricted meeting topic, I would have brought it up with him,” the President said.
“I don’t know if I’m — I would be lucky. But I think I will — I’m going with him to the opening of the FIBA, maybe I will tell him,” he added.
Duterte, however, made no further elaboration on the said meeting.
Addressing the Chinese and Filipino businessmen, Duterte assured investors a favorable business climate in the Philippines.
“With our young skilled workforce, you will be [well-positioned] to build your business in my country. Rest assured that my government is committed to maintaining an environment that allow businesses to thrive,” he said.
The Chief Executive likewise asked the foreign business not to give in to the demands of corrupt officials and urged them to report illegal activities.
“If you encounter or your agents or your lawyers would tell you that this official is asking for something like this DPWH or whatever, you just tell me and I will call that official whoever he is in my office and in your presence. And kindly bring some money old money and coins with you. I will tell the officials to eat the money and swallow the coins in your presence,” Duterte said.