Duterte's Jordan visit reaps ₱3.26-B pledges, 2 attack helicopters

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, September 7) — President Rodrigo Duterte is coming home from Jordan with billions of pesos in investment pledges and a donation of helicopters and firearms.

This was announced by Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque in a press briefing in Jordan on Friday.

"Ang bagong puhunan po na makakarating sa PIlipinas dahil dito sa ginawang pagbisita ay $60.675 million (₱3.26 billion)," Roque said.

[Translation: "This visit resulted in investments worth $60.675 million."]

A total of seven letters of intent and two memorandums of understanding were signed, which are expected to generate some 434 jobs for Filipinos, Malacañang said.

It also thanked Jordanian King Abdullah II for donating two Cobra attack helicopters, which Special Assistant to the President Christopher "Bong" Go said will be turned over to the country in July 2019. Along with these are a number of guns and ammunition, Roque said.

Duterte is flying back to the Philippines Saturday morning instead of Sunday, cutting short his visit to Jordan by a day.

Presidential Legal Counsel Salvador Panelo told CNN Philippines Duterte's shorter trip has nothing to do with the controversial order to void the amnesty of Duterte's staunch critic, Senator Antonio Trillanes IV, or with the rising prices of goods and commodities.

Roque said they were able to compress the President's appointments and official events.

Prior to his Jordan visit, Duterte had a historic trip to Israel where the government signed $82.9 million or roughly ₱4.4 billion worth of investment deals from Israeli businesses.

Duterte is the first sitting president to visit Israel and Jordan.