- Posted June 1, 2012 by
Phl president to meet Obama
Obama will welcome Aquino at the Oval Office by President Obama, where the two presidents will discuss a broad range of bilateral, regional and global issues that reflect the multi-faceted nature of the two countries' strategic partnership.
This will be the fourth meeting of Aquino and Obama in a span of two years. The two leaders met in September 2010 at the Association of Southeast Asian Nations-United States (ASEAN-US) Leaders Meeting in New York; in September 2011 at the launching of the Open Government Partnership (OGP) also in New York; and on 18 November 2011 during the ASEAN-US Leaders' Meeting in Bali.
The visit reflects the heightened engagement between the Philippines and the U.S. as evidenced by the upward trajectory of high-level exchanges, including the Bilateral Strategic Dialogue (BSD), visits of U.S. Congressional delegations to the Philippines, and the recent 2+2 Meetings in Washington, D.C.
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will tender a luncheon in honor of Aquino and his delegation at the Benjamin Franklin State Dining Room of the State Department in Washington, D.C.
The Philippine President will also meet with leaders of the U.S. Senate at a reception organized by Senate President Pro Tempore Daniel K. Inouye at the U.S. Capitol.
Aquino will be the guest of honor at the launch of the U.S.-Philippines Society, a private sector initiative designed to encourage economic ties, promote trade and investment, support common strategic and political goals, and strengthen cultural, technological, educational, and people-to-people linkages.
The Society is co-chaired by Ambassador John D. Negroponte for the U.S. side and Manuel Pangilinan for the Philippines. Honorary Chairs are Washington Sycip and Maurice "Hank" Greenberg. Eminent business leaders from both sides comprise the Society's Board.
En route to Manila, the President will meet with the Filipino-American community in Los Angeles to interact with Filipino and Filipino-Americans there. About 332,110 Filipinos reside in the County of Los Angeles, comprising 3.1% of the city's population.