Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, Japan’s highest ranking public official, has arrived in Davao City Thursday night.
The PM and wife Akie Abe, after arriving at Francisco Bangoy International Airport at around 9:40 pm, were met at the tarmac by a welcoming party led by Compostela Valley Governor Jayvee Tyron Uy and Department of Tourism Regional Director Robby Alabado.
Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte, exercising precautions on her sensitive pregnancy, was not among the welcoming party.
The Prime Minister was expected to meet Japanese descendants, business leaders and local officials in his short stay in the city.
Christopher Lawrence Go, the Head of the Presidential Management Staff in the Philippines shared on Facebook a few photos on PM Abe’s visit at the President’s home in Matina.
Meanwhile, Akie will visit Mintal Cemetery in Barangay Mintal where many of the city’s earliest Japanese residents are buried.
After his and Duterte’s meet-and-greet with the business sector, Prime Minister Abe will be given the honor of having a Philippine Eagle named after him.