Philippines President Duterte to arrive in Qatar on Friday; To meet Filipino community on Saturday
10 Apr 2017 - 0:06
By Raynald C Rivera / The Peninsula
Philippine President Rodrigo R Duterte will be meeting the Filipino community in Qatar on Saturday during his first state visit to the country, the Philippine Embassy announced yesterday. Duterte is scheduled to arrive in Doha on Friday.
“The Philippine Embassy would like to inform the Filipino community that President Rodrigo Roa Duterte will be in the State of Qatar from April 14 to 16 for an official visit.
In this regard, Filipinos are invited to attend the Filipino community meeting with the President to be held at the Lusail Sports Arena (Lusail Multipurpose Hall) on Saturday between 6.30pm to 8pm,” said the announcement signed by Philippine Ambassador Alan L Timbayan.
The Philippine President enjoys big support from overseas Filipinos worldwide which was evident during last year’s elections which saw his landslide win in many countries where overseas absentee voting was held including Qatar which has more than 200,000 Filipinos. Many of his overseas compatriots here are expected to throng the much anticipated meeting. Prior registration is required for those who wish to attend the community meeting as the venue has the capacity of only 6,000.
Filipinos urged to register
“For security reasons and physical layout limitations, the venue will be able to accommodate 6,000 persons. Filipinos who would like to attend the gathering would be required to register their attendance a few days before the event,” said the embassy.
Those who wish to attend the meeting may register via the website of United Filipino Organisations in Qatar at http://ufoq.org/index.php/events
Duterte’s visit to Qatar will mark the conclusion of his three-country tour to the GCC. He is expected to be in Saudi Arabia from today until Wednesday and in Bahrain from Wednesday until Friday before flying to Qatar for a three-day visit during which he will be signing a number of agreements and meeting the Filipino community. Whenever he has trips abroad, meetings with overseas Filipinos have become an important part of itinerary of Duterte, who has made caring for overseas Filipinos a top priority.