Pres. Duterte to push global campaign against transnational crimes in Myanmar, Thailand

He said the official visit, which will be from March 19 to 20, will coincide with the celebration of the 60th anniversary of the establishment of Philippines-Myanmar bilateral relations.

Leila de Lima, rejected the Philippines' move to reinstate the anti-death penalty law, and called for an end to the country's extra-judicial killings related to the war on drugs campaign.

"Ito, ito noon paborito nila itong mga Asean countries because may... there's a death penalty in Indonesia, Malaysia and I'm trying to revive it and I'm trying... as if the other countries of European Union walang death penalty".

The President will be meeting Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha to discuss strengthening defense relations, intensifying trade and investment, enhancing education and cooperation, among others.

"During these occasions, the President makes it a point to uprise our countrymen about his administration's priority programs and developments in the Philippines", Jose said.

Aside from the economic cooperation, the President is also set to discuss with Myanmar President U Htin Kyaw and other high ranking officials, on the Philippines' support for the reforms being undertaken by Myanmar.

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte once again lashed out against the European lawmakers on Sunday for interfering in the issues his country.

During the visit, a memorandum of understanding on food security and agricultural cooperation will be signed by the two governments.

Durterte said the visit to Myanmar and Thailand was part of the final leg of his introductory trips to Association of Southeast Asian Nations member countries.

Earlier reports said that the top exports to Myanmar are medicaments for therapeutic or prophylactic uses while the country's major imports from Myanmar are agricultural products.

Chua said Filipinos in Myanmar were anticipating the arrival of the President.

A year ago saw the entry in Myanmar of Phinma Education, along with leading clothing brands Bench and Penshoppe.

"It is these exchanges between Filipinos and Myanmar nationals that strengthen our relations", Chua said. And then they said, "He is a strong man".

The Philippine embassy in Yangon facilitated a visa-free agreement with Myanmar in 2013, which allows Filipinos to stay for up to 14 days without the need for a visa.

Duterte is expected to meet with the local Filipino community in the capital Naypyidaw.

He will be flying back to Manila on Thursday.

  • Leroy Wright