Today marked the last day of President Benigno S. Aquino III’s official working visit to the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland.
This morning (afternoon in Manila), after a private breakfast, he was interviewed by Ms. Mishal Husain of the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC). The interview will be aired on the BBC’s news program, Impact Asia.
President Aquino attended a number of business meetings today. At around 10:00 a.m., he witnessed the signing of agreements between the Department of Energy, represented by Secretary Jose Rene Almendras, and Royal Dutch Shell, represented by Shell Philippines Country Manager Edgar Chua. Shell, according to Secretary of Finance Cesar Purisima, plans to invest over $1 billion dollars in the country. The agreements were signed in the Intercontinental London Park Lane Hotel. Later in the afternoon, he met with executives of Nestlé, who expressed interest in expanding their business in the Philippines.
The President also met with top officials of the British government. At around 11:00 a.m. he went to 10 Downing St. to meet British Prime Minister David Cameron. At 10 Downing, both chiefs reaffirmed their commitment to strengthening cultural, political, and economic cooperation.
With the President Aquino were Secretary of Communications Ramon Carandang, Secretary of Energy Jose Rene Almendras, Secretary of Finance Cesar Purisima, Secretary of Transportation and Commuications Manuel Roxas II, Secretary of Foreign Affairs Albert del Rosario, Secretary of Trade and Industry Gregory Domingo, Secretary of Tourism Ramon Jimenez Jr., and Ambassador of the Philippines to the UK Enrique Manalo.
President Aquino and Prime Minister released a joint statement, which you may read here.
At noon the President and his Cabinet went to Lancaster House for a luncheon hosted by Her Majesty’s Government, represented by Alderman David Wootton, the Lord Mayor of the City of London, and by Jeremy Browne, Minister of State at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office.
Later in the day, the President met with His Royal Highness Prince Andrew, the Duke of York, at Buckingham Palace. He extended his regards to the Queen, who celebrated her Diamond Jubilee just last Saturday.
Come early evening, President Aquino went to Heathrow Airport, where he boarded Flight PR001 bound for Washington D.C., thus ending his official visit to the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland and beginning his official working visit to the United States of America.
View our page on President Aquino’s official working visit to the UK here.