Sara Duterte Announces Japan Trip for State Funeral of Former Japanese PM Abe

MANILA – Philippine Vice President Sara Duterte has announced her scheduled trip to Japan to attend Tuesday’s state funeral for slain former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe at Tokyo’s Nippon Budokan Hall.

Duterte made the announcement on her Facebook and Twitter accounts last Sept. 21 after Japanese Ambassador to the Philippines Kazuhiko Koshikawa visited her office earlier in the day.

“Inihayag ni Ambassador Koshikawa ang kanyang paunang pasasalamat sa aking nakatakdang pagbisita sa Japan sa susunod na linggo para sa state funeral ni yumaong Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe,” the Vice President wrote.

The Vice President said she told the envoy about her intent to bring letters of condolences from her father, former president Rodrigo Duterte, as well as current leader Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos Jr.

Abe, Japan's longest-serving prime minister, died on July 8 after being shot while making a campaign speech in the western city of Nara. - Florenda Corpuz

(Article cover photo courtesy of Inday Sara Duterte on Facebook)