Preparations underway for Obama visit

by RG Cruz, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Apr 21 2014 04:02 PM | Updated as of Apr 22 2014 12:02 AM

MANILA – Preparations are now underway for the visit of US President Barack Obama next week, Malacanang said.

Communications Secretary Sonny Coloma said, “Dito naman sa ating bahagi, nagsasagawa lamang ng mga [kaukulang] preparasyon hinggil sa pisikal na pagpunta ni Pangulong Obama dito sa Palasyo ng Malacañang para sa kanyang pag-uusap.”

He said the Presidential Security Group is now coordinating with the US Secret Service.

He said preparations are also being done for the members of the media who will cover the event.

“Our Media (Accreditation and) Relations Office under Usec. (Renato) Marfil is also making arrangements to assist the media contingent that will be joining the visit of their President. Kaya maraming aspeto na involved sa pagdalaw ng sinumang head of state or foreign dignitary at lahat ng mga prosesong ‘yan ay umaandar na sa kasalukuyan,” he said.

US Deputy National Security Advisor for Strategic Communications Ben Rhodes released details of Obama’s trip to Asia, which will also cover Japan, South Korea, Malaysia.

The trip is actually Obama’s fifth in Asia.

This time, he will be able to visit Malaysia and the Philippines, which he wasn’t able to do last year during the US government shutdown.