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Obama to visit Philippines on April

United States (US) President Barack Obama will visit the Philippines in late April, the White House said in a statement released early Thursday morning (Manila time). Obama’s Asian itinerary also includes Japan, Malaysia, and South Korea.

The White House noted that the Philippines will be fifth Asian treaty ally Obama will have visited during his presidency.  Obama, according to the statement, will meet with President Aquino “to highlight economic and security cooperation,modernization of the two countries’ defense alliance, efforts to expand economic ties and spark economic growth through the Partnership for Growth, and (strengthening) deep and enduring people-to-people ties.”

As Associated Press reported, Obama was supposed to visit parts of Asia last October but the plan was eventually aborted after the United States government was forced to shutdown its operations when its House of Representatives failed to pass a national budget for over two weeks.

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Obama to visit Philippines on October

United States (US) President Barack Obama will visit the Philippines next month, the White House said in a statement released early Saturday morning (Manila time). The administration of President Benigno Aquino III, through spokesperson Edwin Lacierda, confirmed Obama’s visit from October 11 to 12.

Before heading to the Philippines, Obama will visit three other Southeast Asian countries – Indonesia, Brunei, and Malaysia. Indonesia is hosting this year’s Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit. The White House said Obama and Aquino’s meeting will focus on “reaffirming the strong economic, people-to-people, and security links between the two countries.”

The discussion about security issues is unsurprising given that it is US Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel who first hinted during a visit last month that Obama will come to the Philippines before attending the APEC event. The Obama administration noted that the Philippines is already the fifth Asian treaty ally that he has visited during his term.

George W Bush - Gloria Arroyo

Prior to Obama’s visit this October, George W. Bush is the last sitting American president to set foot in the Philippines (Credits: Wally Santana/AP)

The announcement of the visit was hailed by Philippine Ambassador to US Jose Cuisia. “The visit underscores the importance President Obama places on the enduring alliance between the United States and the Philippines as well as his regard for President Aquino’s leadership,” he said in a press release.

“We are optimistic that in their discussions, President Aquino and President Obama will identify new opportunities for mutually beneficial cooperation in the areas of defense and security, trade and investment and broader people to people ties,” the ambassador further noted.

This is Obama’s first visit to the Philippines. The last United States president to set foot in the Philippines is George W. Bush. He came to the country in October 2003, during the time of then-president Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo.

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