Duterte wishes Shinzo Abe a speedy recovery

Published August 29, 2020, 5:40 PM

by Argyll Cyrus Geducos

President Duterte regrets the resignation of Japanese Prime Minister Abe Shinzo, saying he will not forget his “brother’s” kindness and strength of character.

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte (ROBINSON NIÑAL JR./PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO / MANILA BULLETIN FILE PHOTO)

Duterte said in a presidential message released Saturday afternoon that he wishes the speedy recovery of the Japanese leader.

“It is with much regret that I learned of Prime Minister Abe Shinzo’s resignation,” he said.

“He is — to me and the Filipino people — a true friend closer than a brother. To Prime Minister Abe, I pray for your speedy and full recovery!” he added.

Duterte said he will not forget Abe’s “kindness and strength of character.”

“Prime Minister Abe was also gracious, accepting my invitation to visit Davao City where I and Honeylet welcomed him and Madame Akio warmly to my humble home,” he said.

Duterte described Abe as a leader who was truly determined to do what is best for his country and his neighboring countries, particularly the Philippines.

“Through many years of our engagement, I have seen a leader with a bold vision and firm determination to do what was best for his country and our region,” he said.

“The bilateral relations between the Philippines and Japan, now a Strategic Partnership, greatly flourished during his tenure,” he added.

The 65-year-old Abe announced his resignation Friday, saying he cannot serve the Japanese people when his health condition hinders him from making political decisions that will benefit his country.

 
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