Aquino speaks at APEC leaders’ forum


Philippine’s President Benigno Aquino III smiles as he was being introduced to the audience at the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation CEO Summit in Bali, Indonesia, Sunday, Oct. 6, 2013. AP Photo

MANILA, Philippines – President Benigno Aquino III on Sunday addressed other heads of state at the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) leaders’ forum in Bali, Indonesia.

The Official Gazette on Twitter said Aquino and Peru President Ollanta Humala spoke on the importance of inclusive growth.

Aquino left for Bali, Indonesia Sunday morning to attend the APEC leaders’ forum, radio reports said.

Aquino addressed government officials before his departure, saying that long-term progress also depends on stronger ties with other countries.

“We will further strengthen our relations with Indonesia and other neighboring countries, towards the strengthening of our economy,” he said, according to a statement released online.

Among those who saw the President off were Vice President Jejomar Binay, Public Works and Highways Rogelio Singson, Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process Teresita Quintos-Deles, Defense Secretary Voltaire Gazmin, Presidential Adviser on Political Affairs Ronald Llamas and Presidential Spokesperson Edwin Lacierda.

On Saturday, Communications Secretary Ramon “Ricky” Carandang said Aquino was hoping to encourage the international business community to invest in the Philippines.

“We’re going to be talking about inclusive growth. President Aquino is going to talk to the international business community and other world leaders. We are going to be showing that the reforms we have undertaken over the last three years have borne a lot of fruit in terms of increased confidence in the Philippine economy and the management of the economy,” Carandang said.

US President Barack Obama did not attend the summit because of the partial shutdown of the US government. Reports said this might affect the US state’s strategic “pivot” to Asia, with the Philippines among those expected to play a key role.

Meanwhile, China’s leader Xi Jinping has been making rounds in Malaysia and Indonesia to supposedly improve relations in the area as its territorial disputes with Philippines and Vietnam continue.

After Indonesia, Aquino will head to Brunei to attend the Association of Southeast Asian Nations summit.

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  • CommonSens6

    And just who is going to buy from this used car salesman and Pork Barrel King?
    Let’s hear it from his fans.

    • ern

      the world, crab!

      • CommonSens6

        Prove it. Kulelat ang Pinas in FDIs. The economy is supported by the OFWs and BPOs. Prove me wrong ern.

      • ernievictory

        you are wrong! there.happy now,supot?

  • Weder-Weder Lang

    PNoy: Because of me, the peso strengthen against the dollar.
    APEC: That’s not true. That’s due to the influx of hot money.
    PNoy: But the stock market in Manila went up because of me too.
    APEC: You’re a liar. The credit should go to the hot money, not you.

    • ernievictory

      o nabuhay itong tukmol na si weder2 . tapos na ba ang destabilization project ninyo sa zamboanga? palpak na man ‘no? he he he

  • porener

    Philippines will not attract large amounts of direct foreign investment until corruption, long delayed legal processes and crime are addressed. No if, but or maybe. Until then it will always lag behind.

    • socali

      I agree. I feel like there needs to be a special shadow department that monitors corruption and organized crime. Not the NBI, but a new intelligence branch.

      • porener

        Australia has a Crime and Misconduct Commission. It investigates and prosecutes politicians, public servants, police. Any person with any government connection involved in crime or misconduct and those they do business with…..without fear or favour.

  • Tagabukid2

    Har har har…!

    Inclusive growth!!?? Thru dole outs?? Diba yan lang naman ang ginagawa nitong si PorkNoy para sa inclusive growth??

    Lakas ng loob na yun pa ang gagawing topic ng speech niya!! Dapat ay si Dinky ang magpresent niyan kasi ito naman ang utak ng billiones dole outs for inclusive growth!!

    Pero hindi naman tumangkad si Dinky, diba?? Maybe her pockets…lumobo bigla!!!

    Har har har…!

  • kilabot

    oh yeah.
    inclusive growth noykapon version;
    is the growth of pork
    trickling down politicians’ pockets;
    that’s trickle-down economics for you.

  • NoWorryBHappy

    Dapat lang ! And rightly so.
    President Noynoy has achieved a lot more movingt the Philippines forward
    in only three years than what GMA has done for all nine years.
    Go, President Noynoy !


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