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Marcos to Aquino: No to your BBL version!

PHILIPPINE Senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos, Jr. on Tuesday said he is willing to talk to anyone, including with President Benigno Aquino III, for a genuine discussion on how to iron out the kinks in the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) to ensure it would lead to lasting peace in Muslim Mindanao, but stressed he could count him out if it is merely meant to muscle the Senate into passing Malacanang’s version of BBL.
Malacanang earlier said the President is willing to meet with the senators to discuss BBL with them, as he had done before with members of the House of Representatives ad hoc committee.

PH president leaves for Chicago, Canada

PHILIPPINE President Benigno Aquino III on Wednesday left for a working visit to Chicago, the United States, and a state visit to Canada from May 6 to 9.
In his pre-departure speech at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) in Pasay City, the President said this trip aims to promote a more open and stronger trade relations between the Philippines and the US and Canada.
During his one-day working visit to Chicago on May 6, the Chief Executive will meet with leaders of large companies grouped in the US Chamber of Commerce and the US-Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Business Council.
“US is the third major trading partner of the Philippines, and our objective is to strengthen this business here,” he said, adding that he will also meet with the Filipino community in Chicago to convey to them the fruits of four years of reform carried out by his administration.
The President further noted that at the invitation of Canada’s Governor General David Johnston and Prime Minister Stephen Harper, he will make his first state visit to the country on May 7 to 9.
During the visit, he will witness the signing of various memoranda of understanding and take the opportunity to thank Canada for its support to the Philippines, especially for sending military personnel and medical aid during the aftermath of Typhoon Yolanda; for doubling its official development assistance to $111.95 million in grants in 2014; and for naming the Philippines as a “Country of Focus” for various forms of bilateral assistance from Canada.
The President is also scheduled to meet with Canadian businessmen and Filipinos living and working in Toronto and Vancouver.
The Chief Executive departed at 8:20 a.m. on board Philippine Airlines flight PR 001.
He was accompanied by Cabinet Secretary Jose Rene Almendras, Finance Secretary Cesar Purisima, Labor Secretary Rosalinda Baldoz, Trade Secretary Gregory Domingo, National Economic Development Authority (NEDA) Secretary Arsenio Balisacan, Presidential Management Staff Secretary Julia Abad, Communication Secretary Herminio Coloma, Jr., and Foreign Affairs Undersecretary Laura del Rosario.

Filipinos in US look forward to Aquino’s visit

FILIPINOS living and working in Chicago, Illinois are looking forward to President Benigno Aquino III’s one-day working visit on May 6.
President Aquino, who is scheduled to arrive on May 6, will meet with members of the Filipino community in Chicago before traveling to Canada for a state visit from May 7 to 9.

Phl President: Thank you, Pope Francis

PHILIPPINE President Benigno Aquino III has said he will express his gratitude to Pope Francis for inspiring Christians, and raise the issue of social reforms in the Philippines when they meet in January.
Pope Francis will arrive in Manila on January 15 for a five-day visit to the Philippines that includes a trip to typhoon-ravaged Leyte.
He also said he will thank the Pope for inspiring Catholics worldwide by steering the Catholic Church through major social issues.
The Chief Executive said he admires Pope Francis for working to get closer to the flock he shepherds, compared to the past when previous church leaders were disconnected from church members.

Philippine president returns home

PHILIPPINE President Benigno Aquino III and company arrived back home before dawn on Saturday after a successful two-day state visit in Malaysia upon the invitation of Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak.
President Aquino arrived via Philippine Airlines (PAL) flight PR-001 which touched down at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) Terminal 2 at 2:47 a.m.

Martinez to call on Philippine President

PREPARATIONS are underway for a courtesy call on Philippine President Benigno Aquino III by Olympic figure skater Michael Christian Martinez, Malacañang announced Sunday.
Presidential Communications Operations Office Secretary Herminio “Sonny” Coloma Jr. said the Philippine Sports Commission made a request for a courtesy call.
“From what I know, the Philippine Sports Commission already sent a request for a courtesy call. The Office of the President is determining the right time for Martinez to make the courtesy call,” Coloma said.
He noted President Aquino has a hectic schedule this coming week.