Philippine presidential candidate begins visit


MANILA–Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte, who recently declared his candidacy for the Philippines’ 2016 presidential election, departed Saturday on a three-day visit to Taiwan.

Duterte, 70, who has served as Davao mayor for seven consecutive terms, said at the airport prior to his departure that the main purpose of his visit was to gain a better understanding of Taiwan’s political, economic, social and infrastructural development.

During his Taiwan trip, Duterte said, he will visit the National Police Agency of Ministry of the Interior and the Investigation Bureau of the Ministry of Justice, to talk with Taiwanese law enforcement personnel about mutual judicial assistance and bilateral cooperation in combating crime.

The mayor and his eight-member delegation will wrap up their Taiwan visit on Jan. 11.

He was seen off at Manila International Airport by Taiwan’s representative to the Philippines, Gary S.H. Lin.