President Aquino resets Indonesia and Vietnam trips

September 1, 2010 10:30 am 

MANILA, Aug. 31 — Instead of making two separate trips, President Benigno S. Aquino III has re-scheduled his visits to Indonesia and Vietnam next month so that a study can be conducted on how these trips can be squeezed into one.

This, he said, was in line with his advocacy to limit his foreign trips to those that are absolutely necessary.

The President was scheduled to visit the two countries in September upon invitation of their respective heads of state.

“I understand Indonesia can only accommodate us sometime in October. There is also an (ASEAN) summit in Vietnam scheduled on the same day. We asked if we can do what has to be done in Vietnam in one trip rather than two trips,” the President said.

“I did promise that I would limit the trips to those that are absolutely necessary. As you see Vietnam is the host for ASEAN this year and we should visit Vietnam. In keeping with our promise to be more judicious in the way we spend the people’s money, especially the fact that we have very little left, I felt it was prudent to have one trip rather than two,” the President said. (PNA)

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