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Duterte to 'limit mouth' in meeting with Japan emperor

Duterte to 'limit mouth' in meeting with Japan emperor

MANILA Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte said on Sunday that he would deal with US President Donald Trump "in the most righteous way" when they meet next month to discuss regional security and Manila's war on drugs.

"This covers huge impact and high value infrastructure projects that my country needs to sustain and spur our economic growth".

"Literally, we have been like family in deepening our close ties over time and I am very pleased with such warm relationship", he said.

Japanese companies have pledged at least $6bn worth of new investments in the Philippines, Trade Secretary Ramon Lopez has announced.

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte said someone should talk to North Korean leader Kim Jong Un to convince him nobody is out to remove him or destroy his country. "Prime Minister Abe committed to give flesh to Japan's special assistance program", he said. "I dare say that, considering what we have accomplished and achieved, the Philippines and Japan are building a golden age (for) our strategic partnership", Duterte said.

Abe also tried to break the ice that evening by recalling his visit to Davao City last January.

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Separate from this, Japan will provide the Philippines with ¥113.9 billion in loans for projects including subway construction in Manila, Abe said.

Data from the PSA also showed Japan was one of the top buyers of Philippine goods in August.Exports during the period rose by 9.4 percent to $5.51 billion, from $5.04 billion previous year. "They will be our partner once again in rebuilding Marawi as the center of moderation and tolerance", he added.

"I will skip two pages of my prepared speech and go to the last page because I am hungry", Duterte said, sending his audience in a laughing frenzy.

On economic cooperation, Duterte said he encouraged Japan to explore investment opportunities in the country, particularly in the areas of steel manufacturing, agribusiness, information technology and creative services.

He described Japan as "a true friend who has stood squarely behind the Philippines in my country's onward advance [to] greater peace, progress and prosperity".

In October 2016, Duterte was scheduled to pay a courtesy call on Akihito but it was canceled followed the death of the Emperor's uncle, Prince Mikasa.


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