Duterte flying to Japan today for emperor’s enthronement

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Chief Presidential Legal Counsel & Presidential Spokesperson Secretary Salvador S. Panelo confirmed that President Rodrigo Duterte is leaving for Tokyo, Japan, today, October 21, to join other world leaders in witnessing the enthronement of Emperor Naruhito.

“While this Administration is unyielding in charting an independent foreign policy course, it considers Japan, or the Land of the Rising Sun, as a special strategic partner in various areas and greatly values the diplomatic ties of the Philippines with it,” Panelo said.

He noted that Japan is the Philippines’ 2nd major trading partner and 4th biggest source and market for Philippine tourism.

“Twenty-six business agreements with an estimated investment value of PhP288-B (US$5.511-B), which are projected to create 82,737 jobs in the country, were signed during President Duterte’s last working visit to Tokyo,” Panelo added.

He said that the signing of these business agreements clearly shows Japan’s vote of confidence in our President’s method of governance, as well as in our country’s economic prospects at present.

“Japan has also been the largest Official Development Assistance provider to the Philippines,” Secretary Panelo said. “The golden age of Philippines-Japan friendship has indeed started to unfold. PRRD, as our Head of State, therefore believes that it is but proper to give honor to an important partner by being present at the enthronement ceremony which is considered by the Japanese to be one of their country’s most momentous events.”