LOOK: Sara meets Myanmar's Suu Kyi, Thailand's Prayuth in Japan

Arianne Merez, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Oct 24 2019 01:10 PM

Photo from Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio shows her sharing a light moment with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and his wife Aki on the sidelines of the state banquet hosted by the Prime Minister at the Hotel New Otani in Tokyo, Japan on October 23, 2019. Presidential Photo

MANILA- Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio joined world leaders Wednesday night at a banquet hosted by Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe as she represented her father, President Rodrigo Duterte who had to return to the Philippines for a doctor's appointment.

Duterte-Carpio, who initially accompanied her father to Tokyo for the enthronement of Emperor Naruhito, ended up representing the Philippines in Japan after Manila's leader suffered "unbearable" pain in his spine.

She first subbed for President Duterte at the Emperor's banquet on Tuesday night and again on Wednesday at Abe's dinner party in Tokyo.

Dressed in a blue terno, the eldest daughter of President Duterte rubbed elbows with leaders such as Thai Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-o-Cha, and Myanmar State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi.

Photo from Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio shows her chatting with State Counsellor of Myanmar Aung San Suu Kyi on the sidelines of the state banquet hosted by Prime Minister Shinzo. Presidential Photo
Photo from Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio shows her chatting with Thai Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-o-Cha on the sidelines of the state banquet hosted by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe at the Hotel New Otani in Tokyo, Japan on October 23, 2019. Presidential Photo

Malacañang on Wednesday thanked Duterte-Carpio for "properly and elegantly" representing the Philippines in Japan.

"The Office of the President wishes to relay its gratitude to Mayor Duterte for stepping up and properly and elegantly representing the country in the President's stead as the latter was constrained to leave Tokyo for Manila earlier that evening," Presidential Spokesman Salvador Panelo said.

Over 180 state leaders and envoys flew to Japan for the enthronement of the new emperor, Malacañang earlier said.