It looks like Philippine-Japanese relations are about to reach new heights with President Rodrigo Duterte at the helm.
This is after Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe offered the Philippines a ¥1 trillion aid package that will be distributed to the country in the span of five years through Japan’s official development assistance (ODA) program.
The sum which is roughly worth a staggering P432 billion will be used to bolster the country’s major economic and infrastructure projects, Manila Bulletin reports.
For his part, the president said the Philippines considers Japan as a key ally which it shares a special friendship with.
“As countries and peoples that have a shared and meaningful history, we can look forward with confidence to a brighter future filled with ever-expanding opportunities for working together,” Duterte said.
Aside from the aid package, both leaders agreed to strengthen cooperation between their countries in the fields of economy, maritime security and technology.
Abe also expressed support for the Duterte administration's war on drugs while offering assistance to improve the country’s relatively new drug rehabilitation projects.
The Japanese Prime Minister is in the country for a two-day state visit and is the first world leader to have paid Duterte a visit since his term started last July.
Both leaders have earlier met each other when Duterte visited Japan for a three-day state visit in October last year.