President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. extended his condolences to the family of Former Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe Friday evening.
On his official Facebook post, the President said he was in “shock and deep sadness” over what happened to the former Japanese PM.
“It is with shock and deep sadness that I learned of the passing of Former Prime Minister Abe Shinzo,” he said.
Marcos also extended his condolences to the bereaved family of PM Abe and to the Japanese Nation as a whole.
“On behalf of the Philippine Government and the Filipino People, among whom he counts many friends and admirers, I offer my most profound sympathies to his (PM Abe) Family and the entire Japanese Nation,” he said in his Facebook post.
Marcos also reminisced the life and works of the Japanese statesman and his efforts to maintain the strong relationship of Japan to the Philippines
“Mr. Abe was a visionary leader who saw Japan through its most difficult times. He was a devoted friend and a supporter of the Philippines, and it was during his leadership that the Philippine-Japan relations truly flourished,” the President said.
“The decisive and effective assistance he extended to the Philippines and the warmth he demonstrated in the numerous visits he made to our country will never be forgotten, and will be written as one of the most exceptional periods in our bilateral history,” he added.
Marcos also hoped and prayed for the people of Japan in their mourning for a “great loss of an icon of democracy and humanity.”
“I earnestly hope and pray for the strength of the Japanese Nation during this time of mourning,” Marcos said.