By Rjhay E. Laurea
MANILA — With the goal to strengthen ties between the Philippines and China, Vice President Sara Duterte met with State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi of the People’s Republic of China, Wednesday afternoon.
Duterte confirmed the meeting in a post on her official Facebook page. The Chinese official met with her after he had a courtesy visit with President Ferdinand ‘Bongbong’ Marcos Jr., on the same day.
“Nakipagkita tayo ngayong hapon kay H.E. Wang Yi, state councilor at foreign minister ng People’s Republic of China, upang pag-usapan ang pagpapalakas ng pagkakaibigan ng ating mga bansa [This Wednesday afternoon, we had a meeting with H.E. Wang Yi, state councilor and foreign minister of People’s Republic of China and we talked about how we can strengthen the relationship between our countries],” Duterte said in her post.
Meanwhile, Duterte opted to transfer the Office of the Vice President (OVP) from Quezon City to Mandaluyong.
A source from OVP said that Duterte will no longer hold office at the Quezon City Reception House in New Manila and she would transfer the OVP to a place in Mandaluyong City, a location nearer to the Department of Education where she is the secretary.
Today, an official from the Quezon City government also confirmed the information saying that Vice President Duterte needs a larger facility for the operation of the OVP.
“Hindi na raw nila gagamitin kasi maliit for her (Duterte) needs yung Boracay Mansion [They will not utilize it anymore because Boracay Mansion is not big enough for her needs],” the official said in a chat message with MTVN.
The Quezon City Reception House, also known as Boracay Mansion is a sequestered property from former President Joseph Estrada and is now owned by the city government.
It housed the OVP during the term of Duterte’s predecessor, former Vice President Leni Robredo. (ai/mtvn)