Obama still wants to visit PH before term ends
MANILA – United States Secretary of State John Kerry will be visiting Manila to represent President Barack Obama, who has cancelled his trip to the Philippines due to the federal government shutdown, Malacañang said on Thursday.
"Tuloy 'yung visit ni Secretary Kerry dito. He will go in place of President Obama. President Obama personally called President Aquino to tell him, to explain to him why he could not make the visit. As you know, there's a government shutdown in the US and they cut their trip short by about half. So, he cut out in Malaysia and Philippines leg of his visit,” said Communications Secretary Ricky Carandang.
The Palace said that Obama called President Aquino to inform him of the cancellation and that Aquino told Obama that he understood the reason.
Obama expressed his intention to visit the Philippines before his term ends.
"President Obama told President Aquino that he wants to come to the Philippines on a later date before the end of his term. So, we do expect to welcome President Obama here some time before he steps down,” Carandang said.
"We understand. We perfectly understand why he has to do this so, as we said earlier, we're just looking forward to welcoming him at a later date. But, certainly, domestic, political events can sometimes get in the way of these things, President Aquino understands that very well,” he added.
Obama was supposed to fly to Manila on October 11, his first visit to the Philippines.