Japan Pledges To Help Philippines Rebuild Marawi
Ringo | On 31, Oct 2017
Japan said on Monday that it will help the Philippines rebuild the war-torn nation of Marawi.
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe announced the pledges in a joint statement with President Rodrigo Duterte after the latter’s visit in the powerful country.
“The Government of Japan recognizes that rehabilitation and reconstruction of the City of Marawi and is extremely important,” the statement reads.
“I confirmed with President Duterte that we are both maritime nations sharing basic values and strategic interests,” the statement added.
On October 23, President Duterte announced the government victory against the terrorists, who are linked, to Islamic State (Isis). It was exactly five months since the war erupted.
Aside from the Marawi help, Japan also offered help with other projects ranging from rail infrastructure to river defense. There is also a possibility that the country will loan the Philippines 600 billion yen that will be used for the development of a subway in Manila.
Duterte will return home after an audience with the Japanese Emperor. Then, he and Abe will fly to Vietnam for the two-day APEC meeting from November 11, which will also be attended by US President Donald Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping.