Singapore’s first female president arrives in PH for state visit

10-Sep-2019 Intellasia | Rappler | 6:02 AM Print This Post

Singaporean President Halimah Yacob is in Manila to mark the 50th anniversary of Philippines-Singapore ties

Singapore’s first female president, Halimah Yacob, arrived in the Philippines on Sunday, September 8, to begin a 5-day state visit.

Her state visit from September 8 to 12 marks the celebration of the 50th year of the diplomatic ties between the Philippines and Singapore, said the Department of Foreign Affairs in a statement.

Besides being Singapore’s first woman president, Halimah is also the country’s first Malay head of state in nearly 5 decades, and had been speaker of its parliament.

On Monday, September 9, Halimah and Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte will have a bilateral meeting in Malacanang.

Halimah will later be hosted by the President’s daughter, Mayor Sara Duterte, in Davao City, where she will also visit the Philippine Eagle centre and hold a dialogue with Mindanao youth.

Also in her itinerary is delivering the opening remarks at a meeting of the Philippines-Singapore Business Council in Manila, reported Singapore’s The Straits Times.


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