LOOK: Duterte returns from Japan

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jun 01 2019 11:36 AM


MANILA - President Rodrigo Duterte early Saturday returned to the country after a 4-day working visit in Japan, bringing home P300 billion worth of business deals and aid from the East Asian economic powerhouse.

Malacañang released the President's arrival photos about 9 hours after his 1:25 a.m. arrival at the Villamor Airbase in Pasay City.

At least P288 billion worth of business deals were signed during Duterte's visit, while another P12 billion was granted by the Japanese government to help fund development projects in Mindanao.

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President Rodrigo Duterte salutes honor guards upon arrival at the Villamor Air Base in Pasay City, June 1, 2019, after his working visit to Japan. Alfred Frias, Presidential Photo

President Rodrigo Duterte disembarks from a plane upon arrival at the Villamor Air Base in Pasay City on June 1, 2019, after his working visit to Japan. Alfred Frias, Presidential Photo

President Rodrigo Duterte arrives at the Villamor Air Base in Pasay City on June 1, 2019, after his working visit to Japan. Alfred Frias, Presidential Photo

President Rodrigo Duterte arrives at the Villamor Air Base in Pasay City on June 1, 2019, after his working visit to Japan. Alfred Frias, Presidential Photo

President Rodrigo Duterte disembarks from a plane upon arrival at the Villamor Air Base in Pasay City on June 1, 2019, after his working visit to Japan. Alfred Frias, Presidential Photo

"I am grateful for Japan’s fresh commitment of around 25 billion yen for the development of Mindanao’s road network, vocational training facilities and equipment, and other projects," Duterte said in a joint press conference with Japanese Prime Minister Abe Shinzo.

"I thanked Prime Minister Abe for the importance his government attaches to Mindanao and its commitment to achieve just and lasting peace and sustainable development for the people of Mindanao," said Duterte, the Philippines' first Mindanaoan president.

The 26 business deals were expected to generate some 82,000 jobs, Malacañang said in a statement.


- With a report from Arianne Merez, ABS-CBN News