LOOK: Japan's Abe visits Duterte at his Davao home

Francis Magbanua, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jan 13 2017 10:51 AM | Updated as of Jan 13 2017 05:19 PM

DAVAO CITY - Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe visited President Rodrigo Duterte at his home here on Friday, in a rare diplomatic gesture aimed at strengthening relations between their two nations.

President Rodrigo Duterte shows Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe his bed in Davao City. Photo courtesy of Special Assistant to the President Christopher Go

Clad in a plaid blue shirt, Duterte toured Abe around his house, located on the outskirts of this southern city where he served as mayor for two decades.

The Philippine leader also prepared for his guest a breakfast spread of biko, suman and kutsinta (rice cakes) and mongo soup.

Photos of the visit were released by the President's special assistant, Christopher Go.

Abe, who was wearing a crisp white shirt with short sleeves, smiled as Duterte showed him his bedroom. A folded mosquito net was visible in one of the pictures.

President Rodrigo Duterte tours Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe around his house, located on the outskirts of this southern city where he served as mayor for two decades. Photo courtesy of Special Assistant to the President Christopher Go

Abe's visit to Duterte's house is a sign of "friendship and confidence" according to diplomats, who said the Japanese leader could be trying to help repair strained the Philippines' strained ties with the US, their common ally.

Special Assistant to the President Christopher Go strikes a pose as Prime Minister Shinzo Abe talks to President Rodrigo Duterte inside the latter's home. Photo courtesy of Bong Go

Abe is the first head of government to visit the country under Duterte. He is also the highest-ranking foreign official to visit Davao, which is home to a large Japanese community, according to the Department of Foreign Affairs.