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Elder Quentin L. Cook of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints met with Philippine President Rodrigo Roa Duterte Wednesday, January 15, for a 35-minute courtesy visit.

“The visit was exceptional. He was warm and gracious,” said Elder Cook, who was joined at the Malago Clubhouse at Malacañan Palace by Elder Evan A. Schmutz, Philippines Area President; Elder Aretemio C. Maligon of the Seventy; and Edwin B. Bellen, deputy secretary for legislation of the Philippine Senate and a member of the Church of Jesus Christ.

“Our people always support and sustain and pray for those who are leaders of nations, and we wanted him to know that our people did that,” added the apostle.

Among the topics discussed were Sunday’s eruption of Taal Volcano, located about 35 miles south of the capital city, and the Church’s efforts to provide evacuation centers in Church meetinghouses, not only for Latter-day Saints but for anyone in the community.

“We did stress that we’ve got five of our chapels that are being used for those who are evacuated who are fleeing from the effects of the volcano,” said Elder Cook.

To help alleviate pain and suffering due to the Taal calamity, Elder Cook presented Rolando Bautista, Department of Social Welfare and Development secretary, with a donation of $1 million pesos ($20,000 USD) on behalf of the Church.

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