Duterte visits China and Hong Kong, appoints Medialdea as OIC

President Rodrigo Duterte is off to visit China and Hong Kong and has appointed Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea to be the officer-in-charge during his trip.

The President will attend the 2018 Boao Forum for Asia in Hainan, China on April 9 and 10, before proceeding to a working visit to Hong Kong on April 11 and 12.

Under the Special Order No. 310, Duterte has designated Medialdea to be the head of daily operations of the Office of the President to “ensure continuity of government service” while he is away.

“The Executive Secretary shall act as OIC to take care of the day-to-day operations in the Office of the President and to oversee the general administration of the Executive Department,” the order read.

Medialdea has also been authorized to “if necessary, act for and on behalf of the President, except on matters that the President is required by the Constitution to act in person, during the time that the President is outside the Republic of the Philippines from 09-12 April 2018.”

“All acts of the Executive Secretary for and on behalf of the President pursuant to this Order shall be deemed acts of the President unless disapproved or reprobated by the President,” the order read.

Duterte earlier disclosed that he’s looking to seek more trade and investments for the Philippines when he returns to China this month, saying that China has been “very good” to the country because of revitalized bilateral and economic collaboration despite territorial issues.