President Rodrigo Duterte’s main goal in visiting Japan is to bring in investments.
In his speech at the NAIA Terminal 2 before flying to Japan for a 3-day official visit, he said, “I look forward to meeting business leaders in Japan. I will tell them clearly that the Philippines is open for business.”
Duterte added, he had been looking forward to the trip.
“It is a visit that is most awaited. I am looking forward to meeting Prime Minister (Shinzo) Abe again. I am honored to pay a courtesy call on his Majesty, the Emperor (Akihito).”
Duterte said, drafting a Visiting Forces Agreement (VFA) with Japan is not in his plans, explaining that he does not want to see foreign troops in the Philippines.
When asked about his trip to China last week, he joked, “wala kaming pinag-usapan kundi paano magluto ng siopao na maganda, pati chopsuey (all we talked about was how to make a nice ‘siopao’ and ‘chopsuey’).
A reporter asked the President that if he would be made to choose between China and Japan, which country did he prefer. Duterte replied: ‘Between China and Japan, I think I love the Philippines more.”
When asked about the United States, Duterte once again issued strong remarks: “Magsilayas kayo. Magtitiis kami. We will recover, I assure you. We will live and survive.”
Duterte met Abe for the first time during the sidelines of the Association of Southeast Asean Nations (ASEAN) Summit in Laos in early September this year.
Abe had expressed delight in meeting Duterte.
The Japanese leader had said, “Mr. President (Duterte) is quite a famous person also in Japan and I am very excited to see you in person.”
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