MANILA - House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez on Wednesday led members of his chamber in meeting Chinese Premier Li Keqiang in his visit to the Philippines.
This was based on pictures released by the House before the start of their meeting at Conrad Hotel a day after the conclusion of the 31st summit of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations held here in Manila.
At the start of their meeting, Alvarez expressed appreciation for the opportunity to meet with Li, saying the fact that Li chose the Philippines as the country for his first official visit after the 19th Congress of the Communist Party of China indicates the importance Beijing gives to its bilateral relations with the Philippines.
Li was also the first Chinese premier to visit the country in over 10 years.
According to the Chinese Embassy, Li wanted to meet with leaders of the Philippines to exchange views on further consolidating friendship, and deepen cooperation in areas that suit the development needs of both sides, and to fortify as well the foundations of China-Philippines long-term good-neighborliness and friendship. Li was accompanied in the meeting by several minister-level Chinese officials.
Aside from Alvarez, other members of the Philippine delegation to the meeting included Deputy Speakers Raneo Abu, Mercedes Alvarez, Pia Cayetano, Gwendolyn Garcia, Sharon Garin, Romero Quimbo, and Eric Singson; Minority Leader Danilo Suarez, former Speaker Feliciano Belmonte, Jr., and Reps. Ana Cristina Go, Rosemarie "Baby" Arenas, Dakila Carlo Cua, and Secretary General Cesar Pareja.