“Closer than a brother”: Duterte saddened over Japan PM Abe’s resignation

  • President Rodrigo Duterte said he feels sad and regretful over the resignation of Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe
  • He noted how Abe is a true friend to the Filipino people and thanked him for the strong bilateral relations that the countries have shared
  • Abe stepped down as Japan’s leader due to health concerns

President Rodrigo Duterte expressed his sadness over the recent resignation of Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.

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In a statement issued by Malacañang, the President described Abe as a true friend closer than a brother to the Filipino people.

Duterte said, “It is with much regret that I learned of Prime Minister Abe Shinzo’s resignation.”

He continued to extend kind words to Japan’s leader and how Abe always worked for the betterment of his people and the Asean region.

“Through many years of our engagement, I have seen a leader with a bold vision and firm determination to do what was best for his country and our region,” the statement said.

Duterte noted that the bilateral relations between the Philippines and Japan “flourished” into a strategic partnership during Abe’s term.

In the end, Duterte wishes Abe a speedy recovery and described him as a true friend.

“He is to me and the Filipino people — a true friend closer than a brother. To Prime Minister Abe, I pray for your speedy and full recovery,” Duterte said.

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Japan PM Shinzo Abe bumaba sa puwesto dahil sa isyu ng kaniyang kalusugan

Earlier, Abe announced that he is stepping down from his post as Japan’s Prime Minister due to health reasons. At age 65, Abe said he can no longer carry out his duties and responsibilities as he has long been suffering from ulcerative colitis for years.

“I have decided that I will step down as prime minister, with the belief that I cannot continue being prime minister if I do not have the confidence that I can carry out the job entrusted to me by the people,” Abe told a news conference.