PHNOM PENH, Cambodia – Philippine President Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr., in his intervention during the 25th ASEAN-Japan Summit, has thanked the Japanese government for its hospitality and protection toward over 250,000 Filipinos who now call Japan home.
“They have been taken in by the Japanese people, and have now found a place to live and work happily. For that we will always be grateful,” he said last Nov. 12.
Marcos Jr. also expressed his gratitude to the Japanese government for supporting the country weather the novel coronavirus, which, he said, shows the agility of the Philippines-Japan partnership.
“We came to depend on Japan’s substantial assistance to the COVID-19 ASEAN Response Fund and to the ASEAN Comprehensive Recovery Framework,” he said.
Japan has been providing financial aid to the Philippines to support the government’s emergency response against the pandemic. - Florenda Corpuz
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