PHL, Japan ties getting tighter, closer

Bilateral relationship of Philippines and Japan is getting “much tighter and closer” President Benigno S. Aquino III said after a brief meeting with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe while in Myanmar for regional meetings.

“I kept on thanking them for so many things. In the case of Japan, there is a renewed assistance or continuing assistance to Typhoon Haiyan. We have a list of things to thank Japan,” Aquino said.

Japan has been helping Philippines to solve problems in mass transportation and flooding. The President added that Japan reiterates its continued support for peaceful resolution of dispute in West Philippine Sea.

“In our case, we specify the UNCLOS (United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea) and then the ITLOS (International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea) as mechanisms,” President Aquino said.

“At the end of the day, the assessment is that our ties have really gotten much closer and the desire is to make it even that much tighter and closer.”

Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr. said, “the two leaders reaffirmed their countries’ shared values and strategic partnership, as well as solidarity in ensuring freedom of navigation and rules-based dispute resolution on maritime entitlement issues.”