There’s nonetheless an opportunity that President Rodrigo Duterte will fly to Japan even when he’ll now not push by way of with scheduled go to in June to deal with the 23rd Nikkei International Conference on the Future of Asia.

In an announcement Wednesday (May 31), Presidential Spokesperson Ernesto Abella mentioned Duterte’s trip “can be rescheduled in the future” since he has to remain within the nation as a result of ongoing battle in Marawi City.

“We thank the Japanese government and organizers for their consideration, and both sides mutually agreed that a visit to Japan could be rescheduled in the future. The lines of communication between the DFA and its Japanese counterpart remain open and active in this regard,” he mentioned.

Abella mentioned Duterte nonetheless hopes to satisfy Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.

The President beforehand mentioned his go to to Japan will be his final abroad trip since he’s already “tired” of touring.

Duterte needed to reduce his official go to to Russia earlier this month due to the conflict between authorities forces and the terrorist Maute group in Marawi City.

The battle prompted the President to declare martial regulation in Mindanao.