MANILA - Malacañang said it sympathizes with the Japanese government and people after typhoon Hagibis lashed Japan.
"On behalf of the Filipino people, President Rodrigo Roa Duterte expresses his deep sympathy to the people and government of Japan for those who perished, were injured, or found themselves homeless in the aftermath of the strongest typhoon to hit Japan in decades," Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo said in a statement Sunday.
Panelo also said the Philippine embassy in Tokyo is closely monitoring the situation, and is coordinating with Filipinos in areas affected by the typhoon in Japan.
Duterte, likewise, has ordered the Department of Foreign Affairs to coordinate with the Japanese foreign ministry for any possible humanitarian assistance the government can provide.
Hagibis, one of the worst typhoons to hit Japan in recent history, killed 18 and briefly paralyzed Tokyo.
Public broadcaster NHK also said there are 13 people missing, as Typhoon Hagibis left vast swaths of low-lying land in central and eastern Japan inundated and cut power to almost half a million homes.
Hagibis, which means "speed" in the Philippine language Tagalog, made landfall on Japan's main island of Honshu on Saturday evening and headed out to sea early on Sunday, leaving behind cloudless skies and high temperatures across the country. - with a report from Reuters