President Ferdinand R. Marcos Jr. and First Lady Liza Araneta-Marcos, along with the administration’s economic team and business leaders, depart from Villamor Air Base in Pasay City on Sunday, April 30, 2023 en route to the United States.
The President will be in the US until May 4, with a bilateral meeting with President Joe Biden in Washington, D.C. on May 1 included in the official itinerary.
According to a statement by White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre, President Biden will reaffirm the US “ironclad commitment to the defense of the Philippines, and the leaders will discuss efforts to strengthen the longstanding US-Philippines alliance.
The two leaders will review opportunities to deepen economic cooperation and promote inclusive prosperity, expand our nations’ special people-to-people ties, invest in the clean energy transition and the fight against climate change, and ensure respect for human rights. The two leaders will also discuss regional matters and coordinate on efforts to uphold international law and promote a free and open Indo-Pacific.”
PNA photos by Rolando Mailo