By Prince Golez
President Rodrigo Duterte on Saturday met with Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Kono in a courtesy call at Matina Enclaves in Davao City.
Foreign Minister Kono, who is in the Philippines for a three-day official visit, attended the inauguration ceremony of the Japanese Consulate General in Davao.
During his courtesy call, the top diplomat welcomed the ratification of the Bangsamoro Organic Law, which will create a new government entity, the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao.
The Japanese government also pledged its continued support for the development of Mindanao, said Kono.
He likwise expressed Japan’s sympathy to the families of victims of the twin bombings that rocked Mount Carmel Cathedral in the town of Jolo, Sulu last month.
The Japanese Foreign Minister was accompanied by Japanese Ambassador to the Philippines Koji Haneda and Davao Consul General Yoshiaki Miwa.
Also present were Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea, Foreign Affairs Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr., Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez, and Philippine Ambassador to Japan Jose Laurel.