JAPANESE Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has arrived at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport in Pasay City for his two-day official visit in the country.
Abe arrived at the airport at around 2:45 p.m. He was welcomed by Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea and his wife.
Abe was expected to go to Malacañang Palace in Manila, where he would be welcomed by President Rodrigo Duterte, at around 3:30 p.m.
After the welcome ceremony, the two leaders would proceed to the President’s Hall of the Palace for the signing of guest book.
Duterte would then accompany Abe at Malacañang’s Aguinaldo State Dining Room for a summit meeting.
At 4:25 p.m., the two are expected to sign several agreements that aim to benefit both the Philippines and Japan.
The signing would be followed by an expanded meeting with business delegates of Japan and the Philippines.
The President would also host a state dinner for Abe at the Palace’s Rizal Hall.
Abe was scheduled to fly to Duterte’s bailiwick in Davao City at 8 p.m., where he would spend his second day of official visit.
On Friday, Abe would visit Mintal Cemetery in Davao and would then have another meeting with Japanese and Filipino businessmen at the province’s Waterfront Hotel. (Sunnex)