Filipinos living in Japan have given Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte an enthusiastic welcome at the start of his 3-day visit to the country.
Nearly 1,000 Filipinos greeted the president with cheers and chants at a hotel in Tokyo on Tuesday.
Duterte stressed the importance of bilateral ties with Japan. He said he is grateful that Japan has provided many jobs as well as kind support to his country.
On his anti-drug campaign, Duterte said domestic measures are making steady progress. He said it is silly that some industrialized nations, such as the United States and members of the EU, are criticizing his crackdown.
Washington says many innocent people are being killed in Duterte’s campaign to stamp out the drug problem.
The audience cheered each time Duterte criticized the US and other countries.
Source and image: NHK