MANILA – Philippine Vice President Jejomar Binay shared what he told United States President Barack Obama upon the latter's arrival in Manila on Monday.
Binay noted that he met Obama just last month during the Nuclear Security Summit in the Netherlands, according to his spokesman, Joey Salgado.
"Nice to see you again, Mr. President. We were together in the Netherlands," Salgado quoted Binay as saying.
In reply to Binay, Obama said, "Nice to see you again."
It is protocol for the vice president of a host state to be the first to welcome the visiting head of state.
Obama arrived Monday in the Philippines for a 2-day state visit.
Air Force One touched down at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport at around 1:30 p.m. as scheduled.
Obama was welcomed by a contingent from the Aquino government, including Binay, Local Government Secretary Mar Roxas, and Foreign Secretary Albert del Rosario.
US Ambassador Philip Goldberg and Philippine Ambassador to the US Jose Cuisia Jr. were also present.
Obama is set to meet with President Benigno Aquino III at the Malacanang, where a state dinner awaits him. – report from Dennis Datu, dzMM