Statement of President Aquino, ASEAN Leaders’ Retreat, Vietnam

His Excellency Benigno S. Aquino III
During the ASEAN Leaders’ Retreat
[October 28, 2010, Hanoi, Vietnam]
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Good afternoon.
On behalf of the government and the people of the Philippines, I would like to congratulate Vietnam, the chair of the 17th ASEAN Summit, for hosting us here in your beautiful country. Thank you for the warm welcome you have extended to me and my delegation.
Allow me to take this opportunity to propose key deliverables that are consistent with the Summit’s theme: Towards the ASEAN Community: From Vision to Action. To express our country’s support to this, we are putting forward existing priorities of the ASEAN where the Philippines have achieved significant inroads, where we can help further and where our citizens and that of other ASEAN nations can truly benefit. We hope to find ways to realize them through our discussions today and in the coming days.

Extemporaneous Speech of President Aquino, Filipino Community in Vietnam

Extemporaneous Remarks
[October 27, 2010]
Kagalang-galang na Ambassador natin, Jerril Santos, Mr. Ramon Tapusin, President ng Pinoy sa Hanoi; rhyming pa po talaga, Mr. Jun Torres ng Pinoy sa Vietnam, Mr. Jerry Paglinawan; datirating honorary Consul sa Lungsod ng Ho Chi Minh, ating pong mga miyembro ng gabinete, mga kasama ko po sa aking delegasyon, mga minamahal kong kababayan, magandang tanghali po sa inyong lahat.

No Filipino affected in Indonesian Tsunami, Earthquake

 The Philippine Embassy in Jakarta said that as of Wednesday morning, there is no Filipino affected by the tsunami and a 7.7-magnitude earthquake which struck Sumatra.
The Embassy continues to coordinate with local authorities in the affected areas, as well as the Filipino community in Indonesia, and stands ready to provide assistance, if needed
It added that Filipinos mostly reside in the Jakarta metropolitan region and in the main Java islands, mostly working as engineers, managers, supervisors and teachers, among other occupations.
Foreign Affairs Secretary Alberto G. Romulo has also directed the Department of Foreign Affairs to prepare for a possible humanitarian team to assist in rescue and rehabilitation efforts in Indonesia
Secretary Romulo issued the directive from Hanoi, Vietnam, where he is accompanying President Benigno S. Aquino III on a state visit to Vietnam and attendance at the 17th Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Summit.
A 10-meter tsunami struck Sumatra and its surrounding islands yesterday after a 7.7-magnitude earthquake.
At least 113 people are reportedly killed, as rescue teams work double time to reach the islands and assist affected villagers.
Hundreds of wooden and bamboo homes were washed away on the island of Pagai, with water flooding crops and roads up to 600 yards (meters) inland. In Muntei Baru, a village on Silabu island, 80 percent of the houses were badly damaged.
Those and other islets hit were part of the Mentawai island chain, a popular and laid-back surfing spot 175 miles (280 kilometers) from Sumatra. END

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An October 27, 2010 press release prepared by the Department of Foreign Affairs

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President Aquino’s Message after the Earthquake and Tsunami in Indonesia

President of the Philippines
To the President and the people of Indonesia
After the October 26, 2010 earthquake and tsunami that hit Indonesia’s Kepulauan Mentawai region
[October 27, 2010]
At this time of grief for the Indonesian people, the Filipino people joins me in expressing sorrow and concern for our brothers and sisters devastated by the recent earthquake and tsunami.
We are prepared to assist in any way we can. We are also confident that Indonesia will meet this challenge with the resolve, compassion, and unity that has marked their response to the national calamities in the past.
Our thoughts are with President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono as he returns to be with and lead his people in the work of rescue, recovery, and rebuilding.

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Toast of President Aquino hosted by Vietnam President Nguyen Minh Triet

President of the Philippines
At the State Banquet hosted by His Excellency Nguyen Minh Triet, President of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam
[October 26, 2010, Government Guest House, Hanoi, Vietnam]
My very good friend, President Nguyen Minh Triet,
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Pham Gia Khiêm,
Honorable Ministers and Officials of the Government of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam,
Honorable Members of the Philippine Delegation,
Distinguished guests, Ladies and Gentlemen:

Philippine Delegation for the State Visit to Vietnam and the 17th ASEAN Summit

Accompanying Delegation-11
NameDesignation & OfficeDate of TravelRoute/Remarks
1. HON. ALBERTO G. ROMULOSecretary of Foreign Affairs25-31 Oct.
2. HON. CESAR V. PURISIMASecretary of Finance26-31 Oct.
3. HON. GREGORY L. DOMINGOSecretary of Trade and Industry26-31 Oct.
4. HON. VOLTAIRE T. GAZMINSecretary of National Defense
5. HON. PATRICIA B. LICUANANChair, Commission on Higher Education26-29 Oct.
6. HON. ERLINDA F. BASILIOUndersecretary for Policy, DFA-Philippines ASEAN Senior Official (SOM)
7. HON. MIGUEL A. PEREZ-RUBIOChief of Presidential Protocol and Presidential Assistant on Foreign Affairs26-31 Oct.
8. HON. RAMON V. KABIGTINGAssistant Secretary, Bureau of International Trade Relations, DTI-Philippine ASEAN Senior Economic Official (SEOM)
9. HON. VICTORIA S. BATACLANAssistant Secretary for ASEAN Affairs, DFA-Philippine ASEAN Director-General (DG)
10. HON. CRISTINA G. ORTEGAAssistant Secretary, Office of Asian and Pacific Affairs, DFA
ADMIRAL WILFREDO TAMAYOCommandant, Philippine Coast Guard

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