President Rodrigo Duterte will not be able to attend the enthronement of Japan’s Emperor Naruhito next month, Malacañang said Monday.
“He said he has so many works to do. He might be just sending somebody there,” presidential spokesperson Salvador Panelo told reporters.
Nahurito‘s enthronement will take place on October 22 with foreign royals and dignitaries expected to travel to Tokyo for the ceremony.
Japan’s new head of state ascended to the throne following the abdication of his father Akihito in May due to old age and health concerns.
Duterte traveled to Japan a few weeks after Naruhito became emperor but a meeting between the two was not on the agenda of the President’s working visit.
However, Duterte said during the visit that Naruhito’s accession to the throne meant “renewed confidence that Japan’s ties with the Philippines—and indeed with the rest of the world—will be characterized by beautiful harmony.”
Duterte also invited Naruhito and his wife Empress Masako to visit the Philippines. — BM, GMA News