MANILA, Philippines - President Benigno Aquino III arrived in the country early evening on Sunday, armed with gains he said he was able to secure from different bilateral meetings with leaders from the 20th Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Leaders’ Meeting.
Aquino, however, only detailed parts of his discussion with Chilean President Sebastian Pinera.
He said Pinera has invited the Philippines to “invest” in Chile by sharing its knowledge on geothermal energy.
He also noted the Chilean president has opened up opportunities for Filipino teachers to teach English there.
Aquino added Chile is also interested to enter into a cooperation in the fields of aquaculture and mining.
The President was also able to meet with top officials from Singapore, Malaysia and Vietnam.
“We have shown them a new Philippines, one where there is a pleasant environment for investments,” Aquino said.
However, it was a meeting with China’s Hu Jintao that was foremost in the mind of Aquino when he went to Vladivostok, Russia on Friday for the APEC meet.
Foreign Affairs Secretary Albert del Rosario said, however, the two leaders could not find a common time to discuss matters, specifically the dispute over the West Philippine Sea.