Lowest tab yet: Aquino spends P2-M for Brunei visit


Posted at Jun 01 2011 11:14 PM | Updated as of Jun 02 2011 05:29 PM

MANILA, Philippines - President Benigno Aquino III and his 55-man delegation’s 2-day visit to Brunei Darussalam costs only P2 million, the lowest tab yet for a presidential trip since the time of President Fidel V. Ramos.

In a statement, Executive Secretary Paquito Ochoa Jr. said the bill already covers expenses for food, supplies, and other requirements for telecommunications.

Aquino left for the oil-rich sultanate this morning. He was accompanied by Foreign Affairs Secretary Albert Del Rosario, Finance Secretary Cesar Purisima, Trade Secretary Gregory Domingo and Presidential Communications Operations Office Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr.

"The President's two-day state visit to Brunei seeks to reinforce our strong ties with one of our partners in the ASEAN. There are various areas of cooperation wherein the two countries can work together, and the President's visit will formalize several agreements that our government has been working on," Ochoa said.

While there, Aquino will try to lure investors to the Philippines.

He will also discuss cooperation with Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah on fighting transnational crimes and combating human and drug trafficking. Both will also sign memoranda of understanding on tourism, agriculture, shipping and ports, and sports development.