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Aquino looks well in 21st Asean Summit opening in Cambodia

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President Benigno Aquino III walks next to Singapore’s Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, after the opening ceremony for the 21st Association of Southeast Asian Nations Summit in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, Sunday. AP PHOTO

PHNOM PENH — Although nursing a fever, President Benigno Aquino III appeared chipper at the opening of the 21st Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) Summit and related meetings here where he and other leaders were slated to discuss a wide range of issues facing the bloc.

Aquino, in a dark suit, strode briskly on the red carpet in the Peace Palace to take his place with nine other Southeast Asian heads of states or governments in ceremonies led by Cambodian prime minister Hun Sen on Sunday morning.

On Saturday fears abound Aquino would not be able to make it due to his illness, but he pushed through with the trip in order not to jeopardize Philippine interests in region-wide issues including maritime tensions with China in the West Philippine Sea.

He arrived at 8:40 p.m. Saturday aboard a Philippine Airlines flight.

His 53-member delegation included Foreign Affairs Secretary Albert Del Rosario, who arrived ahead of him to attend the foreign ministers’ meeting on Saturday morning; Finance Secretary Cesar Purisima; Defense Secretary Voltaire Gazmin; Trade Secretary Gregory Domingo; Cabinet Secretary Jose Rene Almendras; Socio-Economic Planning Secretary Arsenio Balisacan; and Presidential Communications Operations Office Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr.

The government said it allocated P11 million for the Nov. 18-20 presidential trip. US President Barack Obama and Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao are among the world leaders expected to descend on the Cambodian capital for the Asean summit and its related meetings.

In a photo session, the 10 Asean leaders did the traditional Asean handshake following the welcome remarks of Prime Minister Hun Sen, who underscored the importance of increasing cooperation within the bloc and with its dialogue partners in the region.

“Maintaining regional peace and security is indispensable for Asean’s prosperity and inclusive growth in the entire Asean region. In this

regard, Asean has to further strengthen its capacity and role in the discussions and cooperation mechanisms with Asean dialogue partners,” he said.

Later Sunday, the President is expected to join the plenary session, as well as the signing of the Asean Leaders Statement on the Adoption of the controversial Asean Human Rights Declaration.

Asean foreign ministers decided on Saturday to insert a fresh paragraph to the draft of the declaration in a move seen to address criticisms that the document did not adhere to international human rights standards.

Aquino will also attend an Asean leaders meeting with the Asean Business Advisory Council, the Asean retreat session, and, later in the day, he will hold a bilateral meeting with India’s prime minister.


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  • jadejones2012

    NoyNoy Aquino, mamatay ka na sana sa lung cancer.

    Hinihintay ka na ng nanay mo sa impyerno.

    • Nagagalitna

      Ang galing mo naman mag husga kapatid…
      Tumingin ka sa palibot baka buong nagkan mo mas masahol pa kaysa taong nilalait mo.

      Ganoon ka siguro pinalaki ng mga walang kwenta mong magulang ano? Kasi pag nanglait ka ng kapwa akala mo kon sino kang malinis at napakabuting tao sa ibabaw ng mundo eh.

  • bongarroyo

    ganoon talaga pag nasa panigka ng kabutihan maraming humahatak sa iyo papuntang impiyerno….kagaya ni PNOY nina bayaning NINOY at CORY.

    manang mana talaga sa magulang masipag na matapat pa sa bayan….

    di kagaya ng anak ni diosdado ewan kung saan nagmana iyo sa pagiging kawatan…..di naman kaya siya inaanak sa binyag ni macoy…

    parehong-pareho kasi puro makakati ang kamay…lol

    MABUHAY SI PNOY……..MABUHAY ANG PAMILYA AQUINO.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/RTZPZN3OXJBI5KSBA6LHM6XZMA Lottie

    “Although nursing a fever, President Benigno Aquino III appeared chipper at the opening of the 21st Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) Summit …On Saturday fears abound Aquino would not be able to make it due to his illness, but he pushed through with the trip in order not to jeopardize Philippine interests in region-wide issues…the 10 Asean leaders did the traditional Asean handshake”

    His presence there is not a sign of dedication and good judgement.  Doctors, schools and work places tell you to stay home if you’re sick because you risk infecting your colleagues by insisting on working. A smart, responsible and conscientious president would not risk spreading his illness, whatever it is, to other world leaders. There is such a thing as delegation of duty.  Ang sabihin mo, he just couldn’t resist the chance for photo ops and to hobnob with world powers. 

    • Nagagalitna

      ang tao nga naman oo…ang galing galing talaga…bilib ako sa yo Talangka kasi alam na alam mo ang isip at ang saluobin ni PNoy…hehehe.

  • Cal_Reznick

    Its looks like the Philippines needs to have 53 people to do one man’s job. The trip cost 11 million? And its paid for by the Philippines? If i were the President i’d probably be smiling too.

  • Nagagalitna

    Go ahead sa laban PNoy…ganoon talaga ang iba natin kababayan TALANGKA…puro panlalait tapos pag nakita na mabuti na sasalo din sa pinaghirapan ng iba…hehehe.



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