By Erma Edera
Manila Mayor Joseph Estrada has ordered the suspension of classes in Manila and work in city government offices on Tuesday, November 20 to make way for the state visit of China’s President Xi Jinping.
In an executive order released on Friday signed by Estrada, the Manila Police District has recommended the suspension to ensure public order, safety and convenience.
“The highlights of the activity will be a visit to Malacañang and wreath laying ceremony in Rizal Monument, Luneta Park, Manila,” Estrada’s executive order 41 read.
Upon the invitation of President Rodrigo Duterte, Chinese President Xi Jinping will embark a state visit in the Philippines from November 20 to 21.
In November 2015, Xi visited Manila when he attended the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Economic Leaders’ Meeting hosted by the Philippines.
Duterte had also invited Xi to visit the Philippines during all of his three trips to China on October 2016, May 2017, and April 2018.
This will mark the first state visit of a Chinese president to the country in 13 years, according to Presidential Spokesperson and Chief Presidential Legal Counsel Salvador Panelo.
The last Chinese president who made a state visit in the Philippines was Hu Jintao in 2005, under the administration of former president Gloria Macapagal Arroyo.