PNoy back in Manila; Japan to give $2M for Zambo
MANILA - President Aquino has arrived in Manila after attending the APEC Summit in Bali, Indonesia and the ASEAN Summit in Brunei.
In his arrival speech, Aquino described his 5-day trip as successful and meaningful and reported the highlights of his participation in the summits.
The international community, he said, was excited to know about the country's economic turnaround from being the "sick of man of Asia" to a bright spot.
He also reported on the results of his meeting with Hong Kong Chief Executive CY Leung, hoping that it would pave the way for the "healing" of the country's relations with Hong Kong.
Pushing for maritime cooperation and a binding code of conduct at the ASEAN summit in Brunei, Aquino said the Philippines was able to make its voice heard.
He stressed the need for a peaceful resolution to conflicting territorial claims.
Aquino also reported on the results of his bilateral meeting with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, saying that Japan has expressed its desire to deliver the 10 multi-role response vessels for the Philippine Coast Guard earlier than scheduled.
He also thanked Japan for the $2 million it is giving as emergency grant aid for the rehabilitation of Zamboanga.