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Bill Gates now in the Philippines, goes to Palawan and Laguna


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MANILA, Philippines - The world's richest man Bill Gates visited the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) in the University of the Philippines (UP) - Los Baños, Laguna on Wednesday morning (April 8, 2015), various reports have confirmed.

World's top billionnaire Bill Gates spotted in Laguna
World's top billionnaire Bill Gates spotted in Laguna

The Microsoft founder and philantrophist visit at IRRI is considered as a 'top secret' with Microsoft Phillippines nor IRRI would confirm Bill Gates' presence in the country.

According to Interaksyon.com, news portal of TV5, it said that Gates was in IRRI for at least two hours and was likely consulting with IRRI on the latest developments in rice research.

A report from the aviation sector, however, confirmed that a private jet with registration number N887WM, and tied to William Henry Gates, was in the country, and had flown into Manila from Puerto Princesa, Palawan yesterday.

There were reports that Gates and his family arrived at NAIA’s general aviation area on April 4 (Black Saturday and boarded a private plane, said to be owned by the Soriano family, and headed for Amanpulo in Palawan.

Immigration sources confirmed he and his group arrived in the country last April 4 and were expected to fly out late next week.

Gates first visit in the country was in 1998. For several years, Gates' shifted his focus on Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. It supports anti-poverty programs, technology, and innovations worldwide, and in the past had invested as much as $20 million in research for the Golden Rice variety developed in IRRI.

WATCH: Bill Gates spotted at IRRI, UPLB (video courtesy of GMA News)



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