Breakfast at Rodrigo Duterte's as Shinzo Abe samples Philippine leader's simple style

Breakfast at Rodrigo Duterte's as Shinzo Abe samples Philippine leader's simple style

Breakfast at Rodrigo Duterte's as Shinzo Abe samples Philippine leader's simple style

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe (1st from right) spends around 10 minutes in the room of Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte, and 45 minutes overall inside his Davao City home.

Of course, Special Assistant to the President Christopher "Bong" Go (aka country's biggest photobomber) was there too.

Presidential Spokesperson Ernesto Abella previously said "apparently, they have struck a certain resonant chord between the two of them".

Duterte had warm words for Abe during a toast to the Japanese leader on Thursday.

Meanwhile, during his two-day visit to the country, Abe said that he welcomed Duterte's efforts in strengthening ties with China after winning an arbitration ruling on claims in the South China Sea.

With the backdrop of family photos, cups hanging from kitchen cabinets and clusters of used beer and wine bottles, Abe ate Mr. Duterte's favorite breakfast and was given a tour of his creaky, two-story house, including a bedroom featuring the "kulambo", or mosquito net, he sleeps under on most weekends.

Breakfast at Rodrigo Duterte's as Shinzo Abe samples Philippine leader's simple style

While he didn't get to meet Sakura personally, the prime minister was given a stuffed eagle toy instead, bearing a medallion engraved with "Sakura is adopted by Mr. Shinzo Abe".

Lopez said the amount may have been the biggest official development assistance the country has received to date, even larger than the $6 billion pledged by China in November a year ago.

His two-day visit to Manila aims to further solidify relations with the Philippines at a time when Duterte is cozying up to China and Russian Federation while taking a hostile stance toward Tokyo's main ally, the US.

After Manila, Abe will travel to southern Davao city, Duterte's hometown, where Philippine officials said the president may host breakfast for the Japanese premier at his home.

Abe also became the owner of a Philippine eagle, named "Sakura", which is being treated at a local rehabilitation centre after being shot and wounded by hunters. He is the first head of government to officially visit the Philippines this year, and the highest foreign official to ever visit Davao City, which is home to a large Japanese community.

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