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MANILA, Philippines – President Ferdinand Marcos Jr., who has established himself as a frequent flyer, does not intend to slow down in 2024.
For this year, the Office of the President (OP) has been provided a budget of P1.4 billion for missions and state visits, as well as P1.1 billion for traveling expenses.
The amounts are a significant increase from what the OP had in its budget for traveling purposes in 2023.
Rappler tracks the countries that the President will visit in 2024.
Updated as of February 27, 2024
UPCOMING TRIPS (CONFIRMED)
The Presidential Communications Office (PCO) announced on February 24 that Marcos will be in Canberra, Australia on February 28 to 29.
As a guest of the government, he will address the Australian Parliament, and is expected to zero in on the strategic partnership that Manila and Canberra signed in 2023.
The President will fly back home after his visit to Canberra, but will return to Australia a few days later to take part in the special summit in Melbourne between the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and Australia from March 4 to 6.
In his meeting in Malacañang with German Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock on January 11, President Marcos confirmed he would fly to the European country on March 12.
The last Philippine president to visit Germany was Benigno Aquino III in September 2014.
Diplomatic relations between Manila and Berlin mark their 70th year this 2024.
The International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS) announced on January 24 that President Marcos will be the keynote speaker at the IISS Shangri-La Dialogue, dubbed as Asia’s premier defense summit, on May 31.
As per the IISS, he will join an esteemed list of heads of state who delivered a speech at the summit in the past, such as Singaporean Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida, and Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese.
Malacañang has yet to confirm Marcos’ visits to the following countries. The list is based on international gatherings usually attended by the President, invitations that Malacañang received, and other statements that Philippine officials made in the past.
- Laos: Laos, the chairman of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations for 2024, will host the ASEAN Summit twice this year – the first in April or May, and the second in October. Marcos has not skipped the biannual meeting since becoming president.
- Canada: Canadian Ambassador David Hartman said on January 11 that Canada was making arrangements for the Philippine president to visit Ottawa in autumn of 2024 (between September and November), as the two countries mark 75 years of diplomatic ties. Malacañang said in September 2023 that Prime Minister Justin Trudeau invited Marcos to fly to Canada in 2024.
- Peru: On the sidelines of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Summit in California in November 2023, Peru’s president Dina Boluarte invited Marcos to her country to mark the 50th anniversary of the diplomatic ties between the two nations.
Brunei (January 13 to 14)
President Marcos and First Lazy Liza attended the royal wedding of Prince Abdul Mateen, the 10th child of Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah and businesswoman Yang Mulia Dayang Anisha Rosnah Binti Adam.
Vietnam (January 28 to 30)
Marcos flew to Vietnam for a state visit upon the invitation of his Vietnamese counterpart Vo Van Thuong.
There, Marcos reiterated the agreements between Manila and Vietnam’s coast guards, and the two nation’s “cooperation and coordination” in the South China Sea. The two countries also inked an agreement on rice trade.