Obama in the Philippines from Oct. 11-12

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Obama AquinoUS President Barack Obama is expected to arrive in Manila on October 11 for a two-day visit, both governments announced on September 14.

The Philippines will be Obama’s last stop of an ASEAN tour in the month, and it will be his first visit to the Philippines. The country has been disregarded by the US when its bases were shut down in the Philippines during the administration of President Aquino’s mother, Corazon Aquino.

The Philippines’ deputy presidential spokesperson Abigail Valte said that they could not disclose the complete agenda of Obama’s visit even as the Philippines and the US were working on an agreement to increase rotational presence of US forces in the country. Valte said the full details of the visit would be announced as soon as they are finalised.

Philippine President Benigno Aquino and Obama would “discuss ways to further strengthen the enduring Philippines-US alliance including the expansion of our security, economic and people to people ties.”

Philippine Ambassador to Washington Jose Cuisia Jr. said the visit to Manila “is an opportunity for President Obama to personally witness the economic transformation in the Philippines that was engendered by President Aquino’s good governance agenda.”

“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,” he added.

Obama’s trip also coincides with his administration’s so-called pivot to Asia, Washington’s effort to rebalance its strategic priorities to the Asia-Pacific. The trip will be the eighth visit of an American president to the Philippines.

Bagong Alyansang Makabayan (Bayan) secretary-general Renato Reyes said protests are being readied for Obama’s visit.

“The Manila visit could mean that the framework agreement for increased rotational presence and defense cooperation with the US is already a done deal. The agreement could be signed anytime soon, or even during Obama’s visit. This sets the stage for US de facto basing in our country, in violation of our Constitution and our sovereignty,” said Reyes.

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US President Barack Obama is expected to arrive in Manila on October 11 for a two-day visit, both governments announced on September 14.

Reading Time: 2 minutes

Obama AquinoUS President Barack Obama is expected to arrive in Manila on October 11 for a two-day visit, both governments announced on September 14.

The Philippines will be Obama’s last stop of an ASEAN tour in the month, and it will be his first visit to the Philippines. The country has been disregarded by the US when its bases were shut down in the Philippines during the administration of President Aquino’s mother, Corazon Aquino.

The Philippines’ deputy presidential spokesperson Abigail Valte said that they could not disclose the complete agenda of Obama’s visit even as the Philippines and the US were working on an agreement to increase rotational presence of US forces in the country. Valte said the full details of the visit would be announced as soon as they are finalised.

Philippine President Benigno Aquino and Obama would “discuss ways to further strengthen the enduring Philippines-US alliance including the expansion of our security, economic and people to people ties.”

Philippine Ambassador to Washington Jose Cuisia Jr. said the visit to Manila “is an opportunity for President Obama to personally witness the economic transformation in the Philippines that was engendered by President Aquino’s good governance agenda.”

“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,” he added.

Obama’s trip also coincides with his administration’s so-called pivot to Asia, Washington’s effort to rebalance its strategic priorities to the Asia-Pacific. The trip will be the eighth visit of an American president to the Philippines.

Bagong Alyansang Makabayan (Bayan) secretary-general Renato Reyes said protests are being readied for Obama’s visit.

“The Manila visit could mean that the framework agreement for increased rotational presence and defense cooperation with the US is already a done deal. The agreement could be signed anytime soon, or even during Obama’s visit. This sets the stage for US de facto basing in our country, in violation of our Constitution and our sovereignty,” said Reyes.

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