Duterte thanks Abe for helping boost PH-Japan ties

President Rodrigo Duterte has conveyed his best wishes to resigned Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe for his speedy recovery from his illness (ulcerative colitis) and thanked him for his “valuable contribution” in strengthening Philippines-Japan relations.

Duterte and Abe had a 25-minute phone conversation last Monday. The President lauded Abe for his leadership that that significantly helped promote peace and security in the Asia-Pacific region.

He also thanked Abe for Japan’s pledge of one trillion yen from 2017 till 2022 for the government’s “Build, Build, Build” program and its flagship projects, as well as assistance in enhancing Philippines’ defense capability.

One such flagship project is the Metro Manila Subway,  the country’s first mass underground transport system, that will be funded by Japan’s International Cooperation Agency (JICA).

Abe, for his part assured Duterte that Tokyo will continue to strengthen its Strategic Partnership with Manila. He recalled his warm oh his Philippine visits, particularly his stay at the President’s house in Davao City.

(Photo Courtesy of Robinson Niñal/Presidential photo)

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