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MANILA, Philippines – US President Barack Obama will arrive in the Philippines on April 28 for an overnight trip, Philippine Ambassador to the US Jose Cuisia Jr confirmed on Friday, April 11.
Obama will leave the Philippines on April 29 after meeting with Philippine President Benigno Aquino III.
He will not come with US First Lady Michelle Obama, Cuisia said.
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In an earlier interview on ANC’s Headstart, Philippine Cabinent Secretary Jose Rene Almendras said Aquino and Obama will discuss a range of bilateral issues including defense issues, trade, and the Philippines’ membership in the Trans-Pacific Partnership.
Almendras said the two leaders will not limit their talks to the proposed agreement on the increased rotational presence of US troops and equipment in the Philippines.
The White House said Obama’s meeting with Aquino will “highlight the economic ties and security cooperation between the two countries, including through the modernization of defense alliance, efforts to expand economic ties and spark economic growth through the Partnership for Growth, and through our deep and enduring people-to-people ties.”
Obama had planned to visit the Philippines and other Asian countries in October 2013. He canceled these visits, however, due to the US government shutdown caused by the failure of the US Congress to pass the budget for the fiscal year. – with reports from Carmela Fonbuena/Rappler.com