PGMA’s lean team takes commercial flight to US

July 29, 2009 9:32 am 

MANILA, July 29 — It was a rather lean delegation that accompanied President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo in her trip to the United States Wednesday but the Chief Executive nonetheless expects to advance what she had set out to do in her meeting with US President Barack Obama as well as with American legislators and business leaders.

The President and her official party took the commercial Philippine Airlines flight PR116, taking off from the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) Centennial Terminal 2 at around 1:05 in the afternoon.

Press Secretary Cerge Remonde said in a press briefing at the NAIA that the meeting with Obama on Friday (Manila time) is expected to further strengthen the strategic partnership and reinvigorate the economic, diplomatic and national security ties between the Philippines and the United States.

Clad in a red business suit, the President delivered her departure statement and greeted reporters and airport employees before she boarded the plane.

In her statement, the President said that she will advance the interests of the Philippines with its strongest friend and ally.

“The US is essential to our economic, diplomatic and national security. We plan to ensure that this objective remains front and center and on track between our two nations,” the President said.

Accompanying the President are First Gentleman Atty. Jose Miguel Arroyo, Camarines Sur Representative Diosdado “Dato” Arroyo, Executive Secretary Eduardo Ermita, Press Secretary Remonde, and Trade Secretary Peter Favila, among others.

Vice President Noli De Castro led government and airport officials in the send-off ceremony. Also present were National Police Chief Director General Jesus Versoza Jr., and Immigration Commissioner Marcelino Libanan. (PNA)

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