Amid intense calls by Human right activists who are opposing visit of the Philippines president, Rodrigo Duterte to Israel, the Israel president Reuven Rivlin has said that Mr. Duterte is free to visit Israel whenever he wants urging the activist to refrain from undermining a world leader who apparently is not their equal.
“The Philippines president, Rodrigo Duterte is free to visit Israel and we shall welcome him with open arms” President Reuven Rivlin said. “People should learn to respect world leaders for them to be respected” he added.
Earlier this August, a group of human rights groups and activists had asked President Reuven Rivlin to refrain from meeting Duterte, who they described as “a mass murderer and a person who supports rape, shooting women in their sexual organs and bombing schools.”
However, on Thursday, Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte said he is pondering whether he will go on with his trip to Israel which he described as “expensive,”. But for the sake of the Filipinos residing there he will consider visiting them to know their welfare.
“It is expensive. So I’ve been trying to figure out whether I go or not,” Duterte was quoted as saying. “I’m going to Israel, why? Because it’s heating up. And there are 28,000 Filipinos there,” Duterte said.