Obama to host Philippine president at White House


President Barack Obama meets with President Benigno Aquino III on the sidelines of the Asean and East Asia summit in Nusa Dua, on the island of Bali, Indonesia, Friday. AP

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama will meet with Philippine President Benigno Aquino III on June 8 at the White House.

The White House says Obama looks forward to discussing the strategic, economic and “people to people” ties between the U.S. and the Philippines and their cooperation in the Asia-Pacific region.

Obama has said the U.S. needs to deepen its engagement in the fast-growing Asia Pacific region, calling it critical to the nation’s security and economic prosperity. The Philippines is a longtime ally of the United States.

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  • Martin

    Obama just needs Fil-Am votes.

  • ynigooctaviano

    I am wondering what would be the reaction of Pnoy if Pres. Obama suddenly ask him why it’s taking forever to find the fugitive Gen. Palparan who was involved in the kidnapping and torture of a Filipino-American woman.  Baka naman maasar si Pres. Obama if they tell him that the Phl. military is still searching for the fugitive general. Remember Pres. Obama is up for reelection and he might not like to hear “still looking”.

  • Dana

    If the US will give the Philippines those 3-Perry class warships to be retired with weapons, four squadrons of F16’s, four squadrons of f-18 Hornets, AWACS, submarines, advanced RADAR Systems, land based Surface to sea missiles, an aircraft carrier, submarine detection bouys, access to real time satellite information, advanced torpedoes, as an urgent  military loan package,   the Filipinos in America will vote for President Obama assuring him of a second  term as USA president.

    • PurpleDaisy13

      re: “If the US will give the Philippines”

      “Give” did you say?  As in beg for free?  Sounds like blackmail…votes in exchange for free weapons of war.  That’s unethical.

      re: “the Filipinos in America will vote for President Obama”

      the fact is, most Filipinos in America do not get into politics and the majority are not enthusiastic or even bother to vote here.  In other words, don’t expect Obama to rely on Filipinos to assure him of a second term as the US President.  Filipino voters in America is not very popular at all here.

      • Marlou Wang

         NOT VERY POPULAR? you think so??? do you have the statistics? you read the article properly, it is about US strategy in Asia-Pacific. What Dana said is her own wishful thinking only.

      • PurpleDaisy13

        re: “do you have the statistics?”

        My statistics come from personal experience. I’m in the states..are you? and when i ask a filipino if they plan to vote, the usual answer is “no”. 

        the elderly filipinos, the young adult filipinos, most of them simply don’t vote and don’t bother.  the only filipinos that really vote are the very few that are well-integrated into american “puti” families that vote or filipinos that are going to college that actively participate in politics.

        since you seem to feel there is a strong presence of filipino voters compared to white, black, spanish, chinese, etc. ethnicity here in the states, show us your statistics that show filipinos that is true, Marlou.

        re: “you read the article properly, it is about US strategy in Asia-Pacific.”

        we know what this article is about.  but you seem to forget what this thread of comments originated from…Dana’s comment; not the article.

      • Rene V


      • PurpleDaisy13


        i don’t think you understand what “putting words in a mouth” even means.  you have to prove your point first…and it appears your comment hasn’t proved a thing that will convince me as well as any reader that i’ve contradicted myself.

        see how uneducated you are?  you’re a shame to your nation…trying too hard to use english cliches but you’re horrible and don’t even know how to use it properly rene.

        also fix your caps lock button, i think it’s stuck…or you simply have no sense of online etiquette.

      • Rene V


      • PurpleDaisy13

        aren’t you the same uneducated commentator trying to be an academic but don’t even know how to properly use the easy-to-use cliche, “NEVER PUT WORDS IN OUR MOUTHS”?


        Let us have the dictionary answer that for us.  According to it’s definition, statistics means:

        “The mathematics of the collection, organization, and interpretation of
        numerical data, especially the analysis of population characteristics by
        inference from sampling.”

        so let’s see, i’ve lived in the states for more than three (3) decades, and throughout my life here i’ve been exposed to thousands of filipinos in america throughout the states where the highest concentration of filipinos reside from LA, San Francisco, Daly City, Vallejo, Union City, San Diego, Sacramento, Las Vegas, etc…

        so from my “collection” of conversations and “sampling” of their interests in politics, i’ve learned and analyzed one obvious conclusion…most filipinos in america don’t bother taking a day-off, time-off work, or spending a few hours in a voting booth just to vote for the next president. what they do care about is, who won the presidential election.

        Rene, do you even live here in the states? if not, then sit down – you have no credentials.  you know nothing about filipinos here who typically have no interest in voting…so don’t imply that filipinos in america make a big difference and control who the next president will be.

    • Copernicus99

      It is hoped that the USA will be as generous with military aid to the RP as it has been with Turkey and Pakistan. However, it may not be for Pres. Obama to decide on his own. He may have to deal with a Republican Congress on which he has limited influence. It is also not certain that Filipinos in America will vote for Obama if he can come through with the military hardware. Unlike in the Philippines, the US has a very strong two-party system, and voting is usually along party lines. Understand also that the electoral system in the United States is different. It is the number of electoral votes garnered, and not the popular vote, that determines the victor. The number of eligible Fil-Am voters in the United States is likely insignificant to influence the national outcome.

      • PurpleDaisy13



        thanks for clarifying the facts regarding the truth about the US that many filipinos haven’t grasped.

    • SirCon

      Most pinoys in USA are liberals, no need  for anything except the continious flow of entitlements or freebies.
      I might touch some nerves by this, but thats reality.

      • PurpleDaisy13

        nothing is free here in the US.  if you’re not paying your fair share as a US taxpayer and perceive everything as a continuous flow of entitlements and freebees, then you’re just another selfish, inconsiderate, and unethical free-loading bum abusing our system….that’s the reality.

  • dan4321

    It’s been awhile that the US hosted a Philippine President.The US have strict protocols and reasons to host a Country’s Leader- if your leadership and character is questionable,they will not dare be identified with that leader/country.This is actually an honor for PNoy and the Filipinos.The leftist of course would say otherwise,but still,only few Countries/leaders are invited to the White House.Not even GMA,despite her lobbying,get the invitation.

    • Copernicus99

      Not so. GMA made a state visit to the USA in 2009 when Barack Obama was already president. Don’t read too much into the significance of a state visit. Even Erap was invited to the White House by then President Bill Clinton. State visits are a mechanism for keeping friends close and enemies even closer.

      • dan4321

        Correction,GMA didn’t go there for a State Visit,she went there for a working visit.There’s a difference there.A state visit includes a State dinner,with the
        House of representatives and senate,honoring the visitor.Obama is hosting

      • Copernicus99

        Notwithstanding, the Arroyo visit to the White House was still at the invitation of Pres. Obama, and the former was extended the usual amenities given to a visiting head of state. Obama had just assumed the presidency and had not yet hosted any state visits. He likely did not want Arroyo to be the first under his administration.

  • avmphil

    This four-eye meet will bring home some sort of reprise for our besieged AFPs poor inventory in fire-power, and a defensive tactical mechanism to face the “big bully” China. Mr.Obama is aware there are already cracks in Beijing’s demonic sway throughout the land. Its phenomenal economic rise had been abused for want of superiority in the World community but had reached its saturation point across-the-board, that’s spiraling down to face reality. Its inflated GDP to draw FDI is questionable, hence its foray into trouble waters to side-tract its domestic woes. In the next day or two, we will exactly know how and in what manner the US will move into and assist us, to keep the West Philippines Sea: a zone of peace.

    • Copernicus99

      State visits result in a lot of unkept commitments. The USA is still reeling from an economic crisis. Pres. Obama has so much on his plate at the moment, including his re-election campaign. He is no longer a clear-cut winner as he was a year ago. The US Congress is also controlled by the Republicans upon which Pres. Obama has limited influence. Also, the US will not likely court the ire of China by providing the Philippines with major military hardware that will be deployed against China. Say what you will about China’s handling of its economy, the fact remains that the Chinese government has formidable monetary resources and the military might.

      • avmphil

        That go to say many of China sympathizes (within and elsewhere) have the canny way of looking at the other window stubbornly sticking their head when the other is blown off. Americans do not get bogged down in any situation especially when the other takes undue advantage when it just happen to hold the triumph CARD (in this case the trillions of US funds). But remember its just US Bonds that may be useless before maturity sets in. That’s why China can’t even use a dime to help Europeans with soft loans, other than the hard reserves. As far as Filipinos are concern. What Beijing is embarking with these superficial preposterous claims against all littoral islands in the West Philippine Sea, is simply an unwarranted land grab with intimidation, a show of force with military might. It’s arm-twisting, but Filipinos know how to retaliate appropriately at the right moment. As to your contention that China possess that formidable “monetary” well all is “borrowed money” that will evaporate, when China is engaged even in a-often heard  – “small scale ” – war with the Philippines. Say what you want, it’s your prerogative too.

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