PNoy invites 2 heads of state to visit PH
BALI, INDONESIA - President Aquino has invited Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono and the President of Peru, Ollanta Humala, to visit the Philippines.
At the sidelines of the APEC summit here, Aquino thanked Yudhoyono for Indonesia’s desire to help in the review process of the Philippine government’s 1996 peace agreement with the MNLF.
Indonesia is the third party facilitator for the peace agreement’s tripartite review.
“Nagpasalamat tayo sa pagkatagal-tagal nilang pakikiisa sa atin sa paghahanap ng solusyon dito at inulit niya sa atin na nag-meeting iyong OIC at gusto na sanang ma-wrap up na ‘yung review bago noong meeting nung OIC na iyon at inulit nila iyong dedication nila to help us finish the review process, which is one of the things that was asked for by the OIC,” Aquino told reporters.
Yudhoyono expressed his wish to visit Manila next year. Aquino described Indonesia as a "constant friend."
“They have been a very constant friend. I can even attest to the fact that Indonesia as a people, ano, during my mother’s time was helping us already address the issue with MNLF. So imagine how many decades have passed and they are still here. They haven’t gotten tired of helping us and they have, in fact, reiterated their desire to continue helping us as far as that aspect is concerned,” he said.
Aquino has also invited the President of Peru, Ollanta Humala, whom he bonded with since sitting together as panelists at the APEC CEO Summit’s forum on inclusive growth.
Aquino said the Philippines has established a “deep relationship” with Peru, pointing out that both countries have similar experiences in fighting communist rebels, being an emerging economy, and promoting inclusiveness.
He also exchanged notes with Humala on tourism after the world leader told him of his desire to promote his country’s tourism industry.
“Pinakita ko sa kanya ‘yung ‘It’s more fun in the Philippines.’ Sabi niya we do three
million (visitors) a year, sabi ko that’s what we started out with three million but we are now between five and six million for this year. We are targeting 10,” Aquino said.
Aquino also thanked Papua New Guinea Prime Minister Peter O’Neill for being a friendly host to 25,000 to 30,000 Filipinos living there.
“We have somebody… who’s already helping us in terms of our fishing industry, who is very friendly and we want to cultivate this for the benefit of our people as well as their people,” he said.