By Junex Doronio
September 27, 2022
MANILA — Acknowledged as the first Cabinet-level dignitary of the administration of President Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. to visit Japan, Vice President Sara Duterte has succeeded in getting the commitment of Prime Minister Fumio Kishida to help the development programs of the new regime.
On Tuesday, September 27, the Japan Embassy in the Philippines said Duterte paid a courtesy call on Kishida on Monday afternoon and the Prime Minister committed to further strengthening Japan and Philippines relations under the PBBM administration.
The Japan Embassy in the Philippines said in a statement that during the meeting, Kishida relayed Japan’s plan to facilitate the improvement of agricultural and fisheries value chains and the collection of small arms and light weapons in Mindanao.
The Prime Minister also promised Duterte, concurrently the Education Secretary, of educational support for junior government officers of the Philippines to study in Japan.
Kishida further said he would like to work together based on the Philippines’ needs toward the establishment of an autonomous government in Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM) in 2025.
For her part, the Vice President expressed her appreciation for Japan’s contribution to the Philippines’ infrastructure development and the Mindanao peace process, among others.
Inday Sara, monicker of the Vice President, went to Japan to attend the state funeral for former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Tuesday, September 27. (ai/mtvn)