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Duterte to Abe: PH will remain a true and loyal ally of Japan

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President Rodrigo Duterte assured Prime Minister Shinzo Abe that the Philippines will remain a true and loyal ally of Japan.

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte, left, is greeted by Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe at the start of their meeting at Abe's official residence in Tokyo, Japan Wednesday, Oct. 26, 2016 .(Issei Kato/Pool Photo via AP) /MANILA BULLETIN

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte, left, is greeted by Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe at the start of their meeting at Abe’s official residence in Tokyo, Japan Wednesday, Oct. 26, 2016. (Issei Kato/Pool Photo via AP) /MANILA BULLETIN

The Chief Executive also thanked Japan — which he considers a “special” friend” of the Philippines – for supporting developments in Mindanao.

During bilateral talks on Wednesday, October 26, Duterte said that he and Abe have agreed to collaborate on security and defense, adding that Japan will continue to play key role in maritime security.

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