MANILA - Foreign Affairs Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano on Tuesday said President Rodrigo Duterte will reschedule his visit to Japan.
In a statement, Cayetano said the Philippine and Japanese governments “mutually agreed there will be a better time” for Duterte and Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to meet.
“In light of recent developments in Marawi City and Mindanao, the President needs to personally oversee the situation to ensure the safety and security of our people,” Cayetano said.
“We are optimistic that once the security issues in Mindanao will have been settled, and the local rebellion in Mindanao fully addressed, the visit of President Duterte can be rescheduled.”
Cayetano said it was not “an easy decision” for the President to reschedule his trip due to the “close friendship and deep relations" between the two countries.
Duterte was invited to speak at the 23rd International Conference on the Future of Asia on June 5 and 6 in Tokyo.
He previously cut short his week-long official visit to Russia after the Maute group attacked Marawi City.