Philippines’ Duterte wraps up SE Asia tour in Thailand

March 21, 2017

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte, right, and Thailand's Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha walk together as they leave a joint press conference at the government house in Bangkok, Thailand, Tuesday, March 21, 2017. Duterte is in Thailand for a two-day visit rounding out his nine-country tour of southeast Asia. (AP Photo/Sakchai Lalit)

BANGKOK (AP) — Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte met Tuesday with Thai Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha, completing a series of get-acquainted visits with the members of the 10-country Association of Southeast Asian Nations, which the Philippines is chairing this year.

During Duterte’s visit, the Philippines and Thailand signed agreements on cooperation in agriculture, tourism, and science and technology.

It was Duterte’s second trip to Thailand since becoming president last year. He visited Bangkok last November to pay respects to Thailand’s late King Bhumibol Adulyadej, who died at age 88 after a 70-year reign.

Duterte flew in Monday night from Myanmar, where he met with the country’s top leader, State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi, and other officials.

On Wednesday, Duterte is to hold a discussion with business executives and meet the Filipino community in Bangkok. There are about 16,000 Filipinos living and working in Thailand. Meetings with his overseas countrymen, who are among his biggest boosters, have become an important part of his trips abroad and help firm up his political support.

He is to return to Manila on Thursday.

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