'I will protect you': Duterte courts Indian businessmen

Marie Harrington
January 27, 2018

"The come-on is that if you die a martyr, you go to heaven with 42 virgins waiting for you", Duterte told businessmen at the the Philippines-India Business Forum in New Delhi.

"In the past there are so many issues in doing business in the Philippines". "If I could just make it a come-on also for those who'd like to go to my country", he said.

In his speech, Duterte also assured investors that he is fighting corruption and drug abuse in his country.

This is, however, not the first time the president has made such statements.

He said that his style has caused the Presidential Security Group (PSG) to level up their security measures to ensure his safety because of the apparent threats to his life especially when he shows up during public occasions.

"I'll imprison you myself", he said, referring to soldiers who commit violations.

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"At the first whip, let me know".

Duterte remained unfazed on another reported threat in his life, reiterating that he is ready to die. Then he said: "If you had raped three, I will admit it, that's on me". You are not oblige to even spend PHP100 for you think that is legal and you go there upon our invitation. "We invite, we protect".

Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) Secretary Ramon Lopez said the business engagements have produced two memorandum of understanding (MOUs) and 10 Letter of Intents (LOIs) that will provide 10,000 jobs for the Filipinos in infrastructure, renewable energy, information technology and business services.

The president's office later announced that Duterte secured $1.25bn in "investment pledges" from Indian businessmen.

Duterte and other heads of state from the Association of Southeast Asian Nations are in New Delhi for the ASEAN-India Commemorative Summit and India's Republic Day celebrations. The matter came up for discussion when Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte and PM Narendra Modi met for their separate bilateral meeting late on Wednesday evening.

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