Pakistan–Philippines relations

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Pakistan-Philippines relations
Map indicating locations of Pakistan and Philippines



Pakistan–Philippines relations refers to bilateral relations between Pakistan and Philippines. Pakistan has an embassy in Manila,[1] and Philippines has an embassy in Islamabad.[2]

Trade links[edit]

Bilateral trade between the two countries in 2006 was around US$70 million.[3] With Philippine imports from Pakistan worth more than US$42.3 million, mostly including garments and pharmaceutical drugs. Philippine exports to Pakistan are valued at about US$28.8 million in 2006. Pakistan-Philippines Business Council was created to promote trade and investment opportunities between the two countries.[4]


There are around 3,000 Filipinos working as domestic helpers in Pakistan. Around 60 religious students from Mindanao also study at various Islamic seminary of Pakistan.[5] In 2005, up to 1,000 Pakistanis also lived in Philippines.[6]

There is also a large expatriate population of both overseas Filipino and overseas Pakistanis in Middle Eastern countries like Saudi Arabia, UAE, Kuwait, Qatar and Bahrain. And as such there is a significant social contact between the Pakistani and Filipino people in Middle Eastern countries.

Defense cooperation[edit]

Pakistan is fighting a guerrilla war against Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan, and so is Philippines fighting an insurgency war against MILF, both the countries therefore face a common terrorism threat. Pakistan and Philippines have signed a memorandum of understanding serving as a "legal framework to facilitate cooperation and inter-operability between the security, intelligence and law enforcement agencies of the two countries".[7]

Bilateral visit[edit]

In 2005, then-President Pervez Musharraf was the first Pakistani head of state officially to visit the Philippines, hosted by former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo.[8]

Airplane crash in Pakistan[edit]

On 8 May 2015, the Philippine Ambassador Domingo Lucenario, Jr. was killed in an airplane crash.

See also[edit]