Hillary Clinton in Manila for working visit

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Nov 16 2011 12:53 AM | Updated as of Nov 16 2011 08:53 AM

MANILA, Philippines - US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton arrived on Tuesday afternoon for a one-day working visit to the Philippines.

Clinton flew in from Hawaii on board an official US plane, and then quickly rode her black limousine to go to her hotel.

Clinton is expected to attend the 60th anniversary of the Philippine-US Mutual Defense Treaty on Wednesday to be held on the USS Fitzgerald docked at the Manila bay.

She is set to sign the Manila declaration renewing America's commitment to the treaty.

She will also hold meetings with President Aquino and will lead the launch of the Partnership for Growth in the Philippines, an Obama administration initiative that aims to push for mutual economic growth.

Meantime, nearly 100 militants protested against Clinton's visit.

They wanted to hold their demonstration in front of the US embassy but they were blocked by the police.

They demanded the scrapping of the Mutual Defense Treaty, saying the US is using it to meddle in the affairs of the Philippines.

Clinton is expected to leave the Philippines on Wednesday and fly to Indonesia to join the ASEAN summit.