6 ASEAN countries invite P-Noy for a visit

November 2, 2010 11:10 am 

MANILA, Nov. 1 — Six top Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) leaders invited President Benigno S. Aquino III to visit their countries during the ASEAN Summit in Hanoi, Vietnam.

But President Aquino said that he would visit the countries in appropriate time.

He said he was seriously considering the invitation of Myanmar if it would show determination in bringing back democracy in the country.

Myanmar is set to hold its first election in 20 years on Nov. 7, but detained democracy leader Au Sang Suu Kyi has been banned from participating in the polls.

President Aquino, together with other world leaders, joined the international community in asking Mynamar government to release Suu Kyi.

The President, in an interview after his arrival Sunday night at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) terminal 2 from his successful Vietnam trip, said that he was invited to visit Singapore, Indonesia, Thailand, Laos, Cambodia and Myanmar.

"Napipicture ko pa rin ang dami ng ating naiiwan na problema dito. So naintindihan naman nila, sabi ko apat na buwan pa lang tayo, baka puwedeng tutukuyan ko ng lubos na pansin ang mga problema dito (I can picture that we have a lot of problems left here. They understood that; I said my administration is only four months old so perhaps it would be better if I focus my attention on the problems here)," Aquino said.

The President’s first foreign trip was in the United States for a working visit when he attended the United Nations general assembly and met with several businessmen.

In his state visit to Vietnam on Oct. 26-27, he witnessed four agreements.

President Aquino’s next trip will be on Nov. 13-14 to attend the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit in Yokohama, Japan.

According to the chief executive, he will also meet with businessmen in Japan in the hopes of netting more investments for the Philippines.

"I am told that it might even be better than what we produced in America and significantly better," he told reporters.

Japan recently approved a P21.4-billion loan assistance for the maintenance and improvement of roads in the Philippines.(PNA)



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