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Rody visits Vietnam

HANOI – Economic and defense relations between the Philippines and Vietnam are expected to be enhanced when President Duterte makes a two-day official visit to Vietnam this week.

With a few Cabinet members in tow, the President is scheduled to arrive in Hanoi tonight for a visit that coincides with the 40th anniversary of Philippine-Vietnam relations this year.

Duterte’s first official activity today is a meeting with the Filipino community at the Intercontinental hotel here.

The Philippine leader is expected to discuss his government’s campaign against illegal drugs, crime and corruption when he addresses Filipinos working in this Asian neighbor for the first time.

On Thursday, the President will have a packed schedule that includes a flurry of meetings with government as well as communist leaders of Vietnam. He will attend a wreath-laying ceremonies at the Monument of Heroes and Martyrs and the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum in the morning.