Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has always expressed admiration and approval of his new friend, Pres. Rodrigo Duterte – and when he visited the Philippine president, he was not taken to the grand Malacañang Palace which is the official home of the country’s head of state but to Duterte’s humble home in Davao City.
This could mean that the two heads of state are developing a more personal friendship, considering that Duterte could have brought Abe to Malacañang for a formal visit but chose to bring Japan’s PM to his own abode.
The president also toured Abe around his house, even taking the prime minister to his own bedroom for a tour – and this proved yet again the humble lifestyle of the Philippine president. Inside the bedroom is Duterte’s favorite ‘kulambo’ (mosquito net).
“We also showed him how the President enjoys the comfort of his own bed, including his old and favorite mosquito net,” Special Assistant to the President Christopher Go wrote in a Facebook post.
Aside from the tour, Duterte also offered Abe a simple breakfast of his favorite food: monggo soup, suman, biko, and kutsinta.
According to ABS-CBN News, Abe also ‘adopted’ an injured Philippine eagle named Sakura; though he was not able to see the eagle personally [possibly due to a tight schedule] but was given a stuffed eagle toy bearing a medallion engraved with “Sakura is adopted by Mr. Shinzo Abe”.