PRESIDENT Rodrigo Duterte yesterday officially welcomed visiting Indian President Ram Nath Kovind in Malacañang Palace.
The 74-year-old Indian head of state arrived in the Palace around 3:30 p.m. and was welcomed by Duterte and several Cabinet members.
The welcome ceremony for Kovind, however, was canceled due to inclement weather.
Kovind is on a five-day state visit to Manila to commemorate the 70th year of relations between India and the Philippines.
Duterte and Kovind will hold a bilateral meeting to discuss political, economic, cultural and people-to-people engagement between the two countries.
The Indian leader is expected to meet beneficiaries of the Mahaveer Philippine Foundation, Inc., a Manila-based nongovernment organization which provides free prosthetic limbs made by India to Filipino amputees.
Kovind is also set to grace the Philippine-India Business Conclave and the fourth ASEAN-India business summit.
His last stop in Manila is to meet with the Indian community in the Philippines.