President Rodrigo Duterte will visit Israel in September, Special Assistant to the President Bong Go confirmed to news outlets on July 25. President Duterte will be the first Philippine head of government and state to visit Israel.
“There will still be a joint official announcement on the dates in September,” Go told ABS-CBN News and GMA News Online.
Israeli news outlets are reporting that during the visit agreements on Philippine nationals providing long-term care in Israel and combating drug trafficking will be signed. Direct Philippine to Israel flight will also be tackled.
Israeli defense and security firms are active in participating in projects under Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) Modernization Program.
President Duterte is expected to witness a live fire demo of Rafael Advanced Defense Systems Typhoon Missile Launch System-ER installed on Philippine Navy’s Multi-purpose Assault Craft (MPAC)s BA-488, BA-489, and BA-491 on August 9.
Sources: http://news.abs-cbn.com/news/07/25/18/duterte-to-visit-israel-in-september; http://www.gmanetwork.com/news/news/nation/661781/palace-duterte-to-visit-israel-in-september/story/; https://www.timesofisrael.com/philippines-firebrand-leader-to-visit-israel-next-month-official-confirms/; https://www.mintfo.com/security-defense/phls-first-israeli-missile-live-demo-reset-to-august/5621/