President Rodrigo Duterte met with Israeli Ambassador Rafael Harpaz on January 31.
“The Israeli Ambassador relayed their condolences for the affected families resulting from the twin bombings in Jolo, Sulu, and said that terrorism and violent extremism must be defeated,” Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo said.
During the meeting, Ambassador Harpaz reported President Duterte that Israel had already ratified the agreements on opening and improving opportunities for overseas Filipinos in Israel, particularly for caregivers and those working in the hotel industry.
“Such a positive development is a direct result of President Duterte’s historic visit to Israel,” Panelo said.
Moreover, the Israeli Ambassador expressed hope in forging greater PHL-Israel cooperation in the industries of agriculture and trade.
“The President likewise reaffirmed the shared values between the Philippines and Israel and renewed our country’s commitment to strengthen cooperation between the two countries across many fields,” he said.
“The President thereafter thanked the Israeli Ambassador for the expression of sympathy for the victims of the bombings in Jolo,” he added.