Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe arrived in Davao City Thursday night, making him not only the first head of government to visit the country during the current administration, but also the first to visit President Rodrigo Duterte’s hometown.
The prime minister was welcomed by officials led by Compostela Valley Governor Jayvee Uy, Davao del Norte Governor Anthony del Rosario, Davao Oriental Governor Nelson Dayanghirang, Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) Director General for Operations Captain Antonio Tamayo.
Davao City Mayor Inday Sara Duterte sent a representative, Councilor Jimmy Dureza, to meet Abe and his wife Akie.
The prime minister is set to meet President Duterte on Friday for a series of meetings with the Filipino-Japanese business sector in Davao, and his wife is scheduled to visit the Mintal Cemetery, where Japanese pre-war settlers are buried.
A breakfast meeting at Duterte’s home in Matina, Davao City is also being planned.
The visit will be capped by a luncheon of the two leaders and their delegations at the Waterfront Hotel.
Abe and his wife are expected to leave Davao City right after lunch, ending his two-day official visit to the Philippines.