MANILA, Philippines – During the bilateral meeting between President Rodrigo Duterte and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the first topic the Filipino leader laid on the table is his interest in importing more medicines from India.
Duterte said generic medicines from India are considerably cheaper compared to those coming from the United States.
“I’m happy that you’re here because of we can’t find the medicines, and you have it and it is—India—people who can really afford to buy it,” Duterte addressed his Indian counterpart. “But you know, you bring—or you go to any other place, America, especially medications and tablets, it’s very, very expensive.”
The President added Americans don’t recommend generic medicines because there is no money in it.
“That is the truth. You buy branded medicines. There are so many stories about cheaper, almost socialized pricing for the medicine,” he said. “I’m more interested, really, in the medicines because we are a poor country, but you know how it is with America.”
Duterte also told Modi that Indian investors are very much welcome in the country and he would be very happy to know if there are interested businessmen from Delhi.
He also mentioned the Mahindra vehicles being used by the Philippine National Police (PNP).
For his part, Modi invited Duterte to visit India in January and congratulated the latter for the Philippines’ successful hosting of the 31st ASEAN Summit.