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Aquino Reports Fruitful Thailand Trip
President Benigno S. Aquino III(left) and Thai Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva meet in Bangkok during Aquino's recent two-day trip to Thailand.

President Benigno S. Aquino III has reported a fruitful two-day trip to Thailand, noting that the Philippines made several gains, particularly in trade and investment in his arrival speech at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) Centennial Terminal 2 on May 28.

The President also said he was able to meet the Filipino community in Thailand during his short trip and was able to start addressing their concerns as they work in Thailand.

President Aquino said he talked to the four biggest corporations in Thailand that have existing investments in the Philippines. While those companies raised some concerns, they promised to bring in more investment and technology as the government address those concerns.

Those companies are engaged in agriculture and aquaculture, the President said.

Some Thai experts, who previously studied in the Philippines, have expressed their willingness to share their expertise with Filipino experts, the President said.

Both countries have common origins, conditions and problems, and the President said that he and Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva agreed to join hands in fighting climate change, human and drug trafficking, piracy and many other concerns.

It was also agreed that in August, after the Thai election, a joint commission on bilateral consultations will be created to give all the details that will strengthen the bilateral relations of the Philippines and Thailand, according to the President.

The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) will be the lead agency for the Philippine side and this will tackle human and drug trafficking, as well as share best practices in disaster mitigation by both countries. It will also include other agencies of the government.

Thailand is also interested in knowing the Philippine experiences in dealing with Muslim separatists as it handles a budding Muslim rebellion in southern Thailand.

Among those who welcomed the President in his arrival were Defense Secretary Voltaire Gazmin, Justice Secretary Leila de Lima, Peace Adviser Teresita Deles and other officials. (PNA).






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