Fourth Obama meet
On June 6, Wednesday, Aquino will head to Washington for his meeting with Obama, US Secretary Hillary Clinton and American legislators.
“We will assess our cooperation in security issues to see how we can strengthen the capabilities of the Philippines as an American ally, and ensure peace in the Asia Pacific region,” said Aquino.
Aquino’s meeting with Obama will be their fourth in a span of two years. The Foreign Affairs Department said the leaders will discuss economic and security issues, and US focus in the Asia-Pacific region.
Clinton will host a luncheon in Aquino’s honor at the State Department in Washington.
Aquino will also meet with US senators at a reception organized by US Senate President Pro Tempore Daniel Inouye at the US Capitol.
US-PH Society, Fil-Ams, Jessica Sanchez
The President will be the guest of honor at the launch of the US-Philippine Society, a private sector initiative aimed to encourage economic ties, and strengthen ties in politics, culture, technology and education.
Businessman Manuel V. Pangilinan co-chairs the Society with American diplomat and former US ambassador to Manila John Negroponte. Honorary chairs are Washington Sycip and Maurice “Hank” Greenberg.
Aquino will also take the time to meet with Filipinos in the UK and Los Angeles.
“Aside from thanking them for contributing to the economy, we will listen to their stories, grievances, and needs to strive to address these. They may be far but we will remind them that they are still our boss,” said Aquino.
Presidential Spokesperson Edwin Lacierda told reporters Aquino will have an opportunity to meet American Idol finalist Jessica Sanchez in LA. Sanchez is an American citizen of Filipino-Mexican descent. – Rappler.com