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PH-Japan relations essential to dev’t, safety: senators

MANILA – Senate President Juan Miguel Zubiri and Senator Christopher Lawrence Go have expressed confidence that the great partnership between the Philippines and Japan will proceed to strengthen safety ties and generate extra financial alternatives for Filipinos.

With President Ferdinand R. Marcos Jr.’s five-day go to to Japan, Go stated he’s trying ahead for extra agreements between the 2 nations that can usher in investments and job alternatives to the Philippines.

Importante po sa ngayon ang ekonomiya at trabaho, and I’m sure marami pong madadala na investment po ang ating Pangulong Marcos para po makapagbigay po ng trabaho sa ating mahihirap na kababayan (What is important now is the economy and employment, and I’m sure President Marcos will bring home a lot of investments to provide jobs for our poor countrymen),” stated Go in an announcement Friday.

The senator likewise thanked Japan for all the help it has prolonged the nation over time.

“I’m sure ‘yung Japan naman, very supportive sa ating bansa noon pa man nung mga previous administration. Ilan sa mga proyekto natin dito, sila po ang gumagawa at sumusuporta (I’m sure Japan has been very supportive to our country even during the previous administrations. Several of our projects here were initiated and supported by them),” Go famous.

Meanwhile, Zubiri is pushing for a Visiting Forces Agreement (VFA) with Japan.

“It makes strategic sense. Japan is an ally, and with ongoing territorial disputes over our waters, we stand to benefit from stronger security cooperation with our allies,” Zubiri stated in an earlier assertion.

“Japan is already offering vital support to our Coast Guard, not just through vessels and equipment but also through other capacity-building opportunities such as training. The VFA will strengthen our partnership even further,” he added.

He stated that whereas, peaceable diplomacy stays because the nation’s foremost transfer towards battle decision, the VFA will be capable of empower our Coast Guard and Armed Forces in occasions of battle.

“Apart from the VFA being crucial to building up our security and defense, it will also be massively helpful to us in times of natural calamities and disasters,” Zubiri stated. (PNA)