Duterte Coming to Tokyo on Third Trip to Japan

TOKYO – Philippine President Rodrigo Roa Duterte is making his third trip to Japan in late May, mainly to attend a global conference in the Japanese capital.

Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo confirmed this at a press briefing on May 14.

“Sure na pupunta siya roon,” Panelo said to a Malacañang reporter.

Duterte is scheduled to give a keynote speech at the 25th International Conference on the Future of Asia hosted by Nikkei on May 31.

According to a Nikkei report, Japan and the Philippines are also trying to schedule a meeting with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.

The President had initially been scheduled to attend Nikkei’s conference in June 2017, but cancelled his appearance because of the Marawi siege.

Duterte previously visited Japan as president in October 2016 and 2017. - Florenda Corpuz, Simeon Celi Jr./Presidential Photo