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Subject: Fwd: [kgma] PGMA sets 10-day visit to U.S.

You might as well ask Senator Miriam Defensor Santiago if she should take courses with the US Department of Homeland Security.


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Subject: Fwd: [kgma] PGMA sets 10-day visit to U.S.

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From: "kgma_news"
Date: June 18, 2008 3:59:32 AM EDT
Subject: [kgma] PGMA sets 10-day visit to U.S.

President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo leaves Saturday evening for a 10-day
visit to the United States to further strengthen the historic
Philippines-US relations.

The President, accompanied by First Gentleman Miguel Arroyo, will take
a commercial flight to San Francisco, California, the first stop of
her US visit.

Also with the presidential party are some Cabinet officials, lawmakers
and top Filipino business leaders.

The Chief Executive`s US engagements include meetings with Filipino
communities, Filipino World War II veterans and American business groups.

She will also hold a series of meetings on a wide range of issues
including the environment, security, human rights, and other global

From San Francisco, the President will proceed to Fresno, California,
a four-hour drive from San Francisco, to hear mass and interact with
the Filipino community before proceeding to Washington D.C.

Meeting members of Filipino communities in the countries that she
visits is a standard feature of the President`s trips abroad in an
effort to keep them posted on developments back home and to encourage
them to invest in the country, as well as thank them for their
remittances that had helped improve the economy.

The President`s second stop is Washington D.C. where she will meet
with President George W. Bush at the Oval Office.

The White House meeting, the highlight of her US trip, will focus on
outstanding global issues of common concern to the two countries,
notably terrorism, food security, non-proliferation of nuclear arms
and human rights.

The President is expected to thank Bush for his support to Filipino
World War II veterans through the US Veterans Office in Manila and the
Veterans Memorial Medical Center in Quezon City, and express her hope
for a favorable resolution of the remaining issues relating to
Filipino veterans.

The President will also personally thank the US Senate for its
historic 96-1 vote in favor of the Veterans Benefits Bill calling for
additional benefits to Filipino WWII veterans.

At the Pentagon, the President will discuss with US Defense Secretary
Robert Gates the Philippines` defense reform program.

The President will also take the opportunity to meet with the
Philippines-US Friendship Caucus, a group composed of members of the
US House of Representatives who have openly supported moves to
strengthen relations between the Philippines and the United States.

The President will also meet with officials of the Washington-based
the Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC).

Last March, the MCC granted the Philippines Compact Eligible status,
opening the door for the Philippines to avail itself of up to $700
million in grants to help boost the country`s economic growth.

The Philippines has gained compact eligible status after passing
objective indicators in the areas of governing justly, investing in
its citizens, and encouraging economic freedom.

Also in Washington, the President will meet with stakeholders of the
Coral Triangle Initiative (CTI) a multi-nation effort to push the CTI
project spanning across Indonesia, Malaysia, Papua New Guinea,
Philippines, Solomon Islands and Timor-Leste.

The Triangle holds the richest concentration of iridescent corals,
fish, crustaceans, mollusks and marine plants in the world.

The ASEAN-US Business Council (USBC) and the United States Chamber of
Commerce (USCC) will co-host a dinner in honor of the President in

In New York, the last leg of her US trip, the President will be
meeting with a number of business leaders and investment groups,
including Libby`s Fruits, Target Sourcing, ROTEC Technology and APAC
Customer Services.

She will also host a reception for the permanent representatives to
the United Nations in connection with the candidature of Sen. Miriam
Defensor Santiago to the International Court of Justice (ICJ).

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