CNBC interview, Filipino community dinner meeting highlight PGMA sked in New York

August 1, 2009 10:55 am 

NEW YORK, Aug. 1 — A media interview by respected CNBC business journalist Maria Bartiromo and meetings with American businessmen await President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo here Saturday (Sunday in Manila), a day after her historic meeting with President Barack Obama in Washington, D.C.

The President, together with First Gentleman Atty. Jose Miguel Arroyo and the rest of the official Philippine delegation, arrived at 8:20 p.m. Friday (9:20 a.m. Saturday Manila time) at the Newark Signature Terminal. From there, she was whisked off to the Waldorf Astoria in Manhattan.

Calls by executives of Coca Cola, Chardan Capital, Hedge Fund and Dr. Vassils Morfopoulus of Basic International Development Corporation are also lined up for the Chief Executive on the second leg of her eight-day working visit to the United States.

She is also scheduled to have a dinner meeting with members of the Filipino community at the Garden State ballroom of the Newark Sheraton hotel in Newark.

Hours before they left for this city, the President received news of the death of former President Corazon Aquino in Manila. She immediately issued a proclamation for a 10-day national mourning for the acknowledged democracy icon whom she described as a national treasure.

Aquino, 76, succumbed to colon cancer at the Makati Medical Center Friday afternoon here (Saturday morning in Manila).

“I am announcing today that we will officially observe a ten-day period of national mourning. Our hearts go out to the family in this hour of grief and sorrow. The nation prays for Cory and her family,” the President said.

The President issued her statement before leaving Washington.

"Today, the Philippines lost a national treasure. Cory Aquino helped lead a revolution that restored democracy and the rule of law to our nation at a time of great peril. Our nation will mourn her passing," the President said. (PNA)

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