Funny guy ... often talking like a clown ... but I like him never the less ------ Philippine's Duterte Says Hesitant About Israel Visit Because 'It's Expensive' Israeli sources deny the report, saying that the controversial president's September visit is going forward as planned Noa Landau Aug 24, 2018 1:14 PM Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte gestures while addressing police force at Camp Crame in suburban Quezon city, Philippines, August 8, 2018. Bullit Marquez, AP This Filipino migrant couple came to Israel for work, fell in love with Judaism and converted Netanyahu is welcoming authoritarians to Israel - sparking fierce debate in the U.S. Israeli human rights activists to President Rivlin: Don't meet Philippines' Duterte Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte said he is pondering whether he will go through with his upcoming trip to Israel because "it is expensive," the Philippine News Agency reported on Wednesday. Israeli sources denied the report, saying preparations for Duterte's September visit are being carried out as planned. In a speech on Tuesday, Duterte said he would send Philippine Environment Secretary Roy Cimatu to Israel, ahead of his own visit, to examine the situation of Filipino workers in the country. "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," he said in the same speech. Duterte added that he will also visit Jordan, which he said is home to 48,000 Filipinos. Read more: Philippine's Duterte says hesitant about Israel visit because 'it's expensive'