STATEMENT OF PRES. RODRIGO ROA DUTERTE ON THE RESIGNATION OF JAPANESE PRIME MINISTER SHINZO ABE
It is with much regret that I learned of Prime Minister Abe Shinzo’s resignation.
Through many years of our engagement, I have seen a leader with a bold vision and firm determination to do what was best for his country and our region.
The bilateral relations between the Philippines and Japan, now a Strategic Partnership, greatly flourished during his tenure.
What we have worked for and achieved together lays the foundation for an even closer friendship and cooperation between our countries in the future.
I will not forget Prime Minister Abe’s kindness and strength of character.
Prime Minister Abe was also gracious, accepting my invitation to visit Davao City where I and Honeylet welcomed him and Madame Akie warmly to my humble home.
He is – to me and the Filipino people – a true friend closer than a brother.
To Prime Minister Abe, I pray for your speedy and full recovery!
Rodrigo Roa Duterte
Republic of the Philippines