President Aquino leaves for Japan on Thursday to attend ASEAN-Japan Commemorative summit

MANILA, Dec. 11 (PNA) — President Benigno S. Aquino III will leave on Thursday for Tokyo, Japan to attend the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN)-Japan Commemorative summit, Presidential Communications Operations Office Secretary Herminio “Sonny” Coloma Jr. said.

“Shortly after his arrival, the President will meet with the Filipino community,” Coloma said during the regular press briefing in Malacanang on Wednesday.

“On the following day, the President and Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will meet to discuss among others the recovery and reconstruction program of the government post-Typhoon Yolanda, Maritime Cooperation, the Mindanao peace process and people-to-people exchanges,” the Communications Secretary said.

On Friday evening, the President will join ASEAN heads of state at a dinner to be hosted by Prime Minister Abe and his wife Akie Abe at the Prime Minister’s official residence.

Joining the President are Cabinet Secretary Rene Almendras, Foreign Affairs Sec. Albert del Rosario, Finance Sec. Cesar Purisima, Trade and Industry Sec. Gregory Domingo, Transportation and Communications Sec. Joseph Emilio Abaya, Presidential Management Staff Sec. Julia Abad and Coloma.

President Aquino is expected to promote the Philippine economic interests in Japan, through the scheduled meetings with Japanese business groups and delegations during his visit there. (PNA)