DFA schedules foreign trips for Aquino
President-elect Benigno Aquino III has no choice but to expect more travels when he assumes the presidency.
In this early stage of time, the Department of Foreign Affairs has already prepared a list of countries that Aquino has to visit as part of his duty as the newly-elect leader of the nation.
For his launch in the international community, Foreign Undersecretary Erlinda Basilio recommended that Aquino should attend the opening of the General Assembly of the United Nations in New York set on the second Tuesday of September.
Aside from that, there are three other events that Aquino was encouraged to attend—the summit of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations in Hanoi and the Asia-Europe meeting in Brussels, both in October, and the Asia-Pacific Economic Conference in Japan in November.
When asked how significant it is for Aquino to continue President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo’s "economic diplomacy," Basilio replied: "Like President Arroyo, she is the No. 1 drumbeater of the Philippines. The business community sees this and that’s why their interests to invest and have trade relations with us becomes stronger.”
Basilio added that attending these events would be a "good way” for Aquino to let himself be known and "to put forward his views on many international issues discussed in these meetings.”