Last Friday, President Barack Obama met with Philippine President Benigno S. Aquino III in the Oval Office. They discussed recent updates in the South China Sea and reaffirmed many partnerships and agreements that the United States and the Philippines have worked on. President Obama expressed the two nations’ shared history and how important the Philippines is as a military and economic ally, and the two leaders agreed to work to increase cooperation and regional security in the Asia Pacific region. More specifically, President Obama mentioned the success of the bilateral Trade and Investment Framework Agreement with the Philippines, which expands trade and commerce between the two countries. The two also discussed steps that the two countries could take to combat governmental corruption and achieve good governance goals.
President Obama also noted the importance of our ties with the Filipino people and welcomed the cultural and educational exchanges between the two nations. This includes the increasing number of Filipino Americans contributing to the security and prosperity of America.
It was a proud and productive day as the U.S. and the Philippines continue to strengthen their ties in this 21st century.