- President Rodrigo Duterte had a quick visit to New Zealand after he attended the leaders' meeting in Lima, Peru from November 19-20
- While in Auckland, Duterte met with overseas Filipino workers (OFW) and gave a courtesy call Foreign Minister Murray McCully
- McCully who brought up the South China Sea with the "charming" Philippine president also described Duterte as warm and courteous
Philippine President Rodrigo "Digong" Roa Duterte had a stopover in Aukland, New Zealand where he met overseas Filipino workers (OFW).
Duterte went to Auckland after he attended the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit from November 19-20 in Lima, Peru.
The chief executive along with some of his cabinet members also paid a courtesy call on New Zealand Foreign Minister Murray McCully.
During the informal meeting, the foreign minister said he discussed the disputed West Philippine Sea (South China Sea) with Duterte whom described as "warm, courteous, and actually quite charming" president, according to an article from the New Zealand Herald.
The newspaper also quoted McCully saying that Duterte is straight to the point and has a resolute disposition.
"He doesn't beat around the bush. He has got quite firm views and he expresses them, and very colorfully," it said.
While at the New Zealand's largest city, Duterte took the chance to sympathize with the victims of earthquake that hit the island on November 13.
Moreover, the former Davao City mayor extended gratitude to the NZ government for hosting thousands of Filipinos who work in their healthcare, construction and dairy production sectors.
New Zealand is the country's largest source of dairy products when it comes to trade.
Before the meeting ended, McCully said New Zealand is willing to assist the Philippines fortify its dairy industry. He also invited Duterte to come back to New Zealand and stay longer.
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