Davao International Airport, Davao City
October 27, 2016

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte arrived at the Davao International Airport past 10 in the evening and reported in his arrival speech that his visit to Japan resulted to productive gains in the economic, socio-political security and defense cooperation.

He stated that his discussions with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe paved the way for a common path towards the achievement of shared objectives.

According to the President, Japan played a vital role in the country’s acquisition of advanced and modern maritime equipment to combat terrorism, piracy, criminality, and aid in times of disasters and rescue efforts.

“Everyone in our region and beyond has a stake in the South China Sea. Both our governments committed to ensure the freedom of navigation and overflight in these waters. We have bilateral and multilateral venues at our disposal to ensure that commitments and responsibilities are complied with under international law, including under the 1982 UNCLOS,” he said.

On the economic front, the President encouraged private businesses in Japan to invest in the Philippines.

“We also agreed to harness Official Development Assistance (ODA) to support inclusive growth and sustainable development in the country. Japan is our number one ODA partner and under JICA (Japan International Cooperation Agency), high-impact projects benefiting both our urban and rural areas will be undertaken,” he added.

The President also received Japan’s continued support for the peace and development agenda in Mindanao.

Before concluding, President Duterte extended his congratulations to the newly crowned Ms. International 2016, Kylie Versoza.

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