Japan congratulates Marcos and Duterte-Carpio
The Japanese government congratulated former Senator Ferdinand Marcos Jr. and Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio, who have chalked up a big lead over their opponents as partial and unofficial votes for president and vice president are winding down.
The Japanese government conveyed its congratulatory message to Marcos and Duterte-Carpio through the letters issued on Friday.
According to the Japanese Embassy, Prime Minister Kishida Fumio in a letter "extended his congratulations to President-elect Marcos, and conveyed his determination to further promote cooperation as Strategic Partners in a wide range of areas toward the realization of a "Free and Open Indo-Pacific."
Minister of Foreign Affairs Hayashi Yoshimasa "extended his congratulations to Vice President-elect Duterte and, with reference to the history of people-to-people exchanges of the two countries in Davao where she originates, conveyed his hope for further deepening of the bilateral friendly relations."
As of 2:47pm on Friday, Marcos garnered 31,104,175 votes while Duterte-Carpio got 31,561,948 votes with 98.35 percent of election returns counted. Robina Asido/DMS