MANILA, Philippines – US President Barack Obama will arrive in Manila on Monday, April 28, for an overnight visit that will be preceded by the signing of a military deal that will give American troops wider access to military bases in the Philippines. (READ: PH, US sign military deal)
Philippine Secretary to the Cabinet Jose Rene Almendras has said the meeting between Aquino and Obama will also cover a range of bilateral issues, including other defense issues, trade, and the Philippines’ membership in the Trans-Pacific Partnership.
The White House says 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.” (READ: Obama to arrive in Manila April 28)
The US head of state’s visit comes at a time of growing maritime disputes in the region – conflicts that have prompted the Philippines to seek military assistance from the US, a treaty ally.
The Enhanced Defense Cooperation agreement to be signed during the visit will lead to increased presence of American troops in the country and allow them to build facilities inside military bases. Critics have slammed what they call a de facto basing. (READ: Bases access: US grants PH access to military facilities)
Watch the events of day 1 of his visit below.
Landing and arrival of Obama
Official arrival ceremony for Obama
Obama signs Malacañang guest book
Beginning of expanded bilateral meeting with Obama and Aquino
Aquino, Obama joint press conference
State Dinner for Obama in Malacañang
You can also follow Rappler’s liveblog for updates.
See photos from the different events of Obama’s first day in Manila here.
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