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Abe ends Philippine visit with investment, speedboat pledge

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    Associated Press

Manila   /   Fri, January 13, 2017   /  01:05 pm
Abe ends Philippine visit with investment, speedboat pledge Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe (left) and Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte toast during a state banquet at the Malacanang Palace Thursday, Jan. 12, 2017 in Manila, Philippines. (AP/Francis Malasig, Pool)

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is on his way to Australia after a two-day visit to the Philippines, during which he pledged US$8.7 billion worth of business opportunities and private investments along with speedboats and other counterterrorism equipment.

He left for Sydney Friday from southern Davao city, President Rodrigo Duterte's hometown. The two leaders shared breakfast of mung soup and rice cakes in Duterte's home.

They posed for pictures with businesspeople in a hotel and attended a ceremony to name an endangered Philippine eagle Sakura, or cherry blossom, in Abe's honor. They ate durian fruit at the hotel's garden as dancers performed to the beat of brass gong before sitting down for lunch.

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