MAUTE Group

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The Maute group is also known as the Islamic State of Lanao which was originally known as Dawlah IslamiyaThe group is composed of former Moro Islamic Liberation Front guerrillas and some foreign fighters led by Abdullah Maute, the alleged founder of a Dawlah Islamiya, or Islamic state based in Lanao del Sur, Mindanao, Philippines.Maute group was involved in a clash with Philippine Army troops in February 2016 that led to the capture of their headquarters in Butig, Lanao del Sur.There are reports that Omar Maute, Abdullah’s brother, was killed in that clash.There are also reports to the contrary, claiming that he escaped before the camp was overrun and is still alive;video footage found on a cellphone captured by Philippine government troops during the Marawi crisis indicates this to be true.Since then the group, which a Philippine Army brigade commander characterized as terrorist, has been conducting a protection racket in the remote settlements of Butig.

The group was founded in 2012 by brothers Abdullah and Omar Maute, who were petty criminals at the time. The group pledged allegiance to the Islamic State in April 2015, along with the Ansar Khalifa Philippines terrorist organization, vowing to provide support for each other.However, according to former National Security Council senior consultant Ashley Acedillo, there are no indications that ISIS ever acknowledged the Maute group’s pledge.

Philippine Army sources state that their initial encounter with the Maute group involved a firefight in 2013 when the insurgents attacked a security checkpoint the government troops were manning in Madalum, Lanao del Sur. The group is thought to have over 100 members and were supplied with equipment by a foreign terrorist.They are said to be affiliated with Jemaah Islamiya, a Southeast Asian Islamist terrorist group.

Although some reports indicate that the Maute group is regularly seen carrying black flags bearing the insignia of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, Butig town mayor Ibrahim Macadato has stated that the group is not affiliated with ISIS, but are merely armed residents. However, training manuals and other documents for militants under the Islamic State were recovered from their captured camp, indicating that the group may be trying to link up with ISIS.

Butig, the headquarters of the Maute group, is also a stronghold of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front and both groups are tied by blood or marriage. Brothers Omar and Abdullah Maute are first cousins of Azisa Romato, the wife of the late MILF Vice Chairman for Military Affairs Alim Abdul Aziz Mimbantas, who is buried in Butig. The Maute brothers themselves were once members of the MILF.

As ISIS suffers setbacks in Syria and Iraq, experts warn that hundreds of fighters from Indonesia and Malaysia will return to look for new opportunities to take the fight elsewhere, and the Maute group’s pledge of loyalty to ISIS could serve as an incentive to join ranks with the organization. Since at least 2016, reports on jihadist activities in the Philippines and of Filipino fighters with ISIS indicate an increasing degree of coordination, cooperation, and cohesion between Southeast Asian jihadist militants and the Islamic State in Syria and Iraq.
The Maute group is said to be actively recruiting minors for service as child warriors and using the non-passage of the Bangsamoro Basic Law as propaganda.In April 2016, they abducted six sawmill workers from Butig, two of whom were later found beheaded. The group is also suspected of being behind a failed bomb plot in close proximity to the US embassy in Manila in November 2016.

Defence Secretary Delfin Lorenzana said that the Maute group had established links with the Abu Sayyaf and that there are “indications” that the group is aligning themselves with ISIS. On November 28, the Philippine government finally officially acknowledged that Maute is linked to ISIS in a live televised comment by President Rodrigo Duterte.

Last May 23, 2017, the Maute group attacked the city of Marawi in the Philippines. The attack resulted in the destruction of homes, the deaths and wounding of soldiers, policemen, and civilians, the torching of a mosque, and a hospital being overrun. The former leader of Abu Sayyaf, Isnilon Hapilon was seen with the group during the attack. The attack resulted in President Duterte declaring a state of martial law across the entire island of Mindanao with the possibility that it be expanded nationwide.

Miss International 2016 is Miss Philippines Kylie Verzosa

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Miss Philippines Kylie Verzosa won the Miss International 2016 pageant held last October 27, 2016 at Tokyo Dome City Hall, Tokyo Japan. She is 24 years old filipino teacher and a model. There are a total of 69 contestants during Miss International 2016.

For the special awards, Best Dresser winner is Miss Indonesia – Felicia Hwang, Miss Perfect Body winner is Miss Moldova – Alina Chirciu and Miss Nicaragua – Brianny Chamorro won the Best National Costume.

Here is the official result or list of winners or placements:
Miss International 2016 – Philippines – Kylie Verzosa
1st runner-up – Australia – Alexandra Britton
2nd runner-up – Indonesia – Felicia Hwang
3rd runner-up – Nicaragua – Brianny Chamorro
4th runner-up – USA – Kaitryana Leinbach

Top 15
Argentina – Yoana Don
Canada – Amber Bernachi
Dominican Republic – Cynthia Núñez
El Salvador – Elizabeth Cader
Finland – Emilia Seppänen
Japan – Jyunna Yamagata
Mexico – Geraldine Ponce
Poland – Magdalena Bie?kowska
Russia – Alisa Manenok
Thailand – Pattiya Pongthai

First State of the Nation Address (SONA) 2016 of Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte – FULL TEXT

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Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte delivered his first State of the Nation Address (SONA 2016) at Session Hall of the House of RepresentativesBatasan Pambansa Complex, Quezon City Philippines.

Click this link to read the FULL TEXT of President Duterte’s SONA 2016

Updated Partial or Unofficial Results of 2016 Philippine Election

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election 2016 philippine elections

55,735,757 registered voters in Philippines

as of May 11, 2016, 11:00 p.m.

95.65% VOTES COUNTED

PRESIDENT
DUTERTE, RODY
15,879,761 VOTES
38.54 %
ROXAS, MAR DAANG MATUWID
9,663,869 VOTES
23.46 %
POE, GRACE
8,913,006 VOTES
21.63 %
BINAY, JOJO
5,301,756 VOTES
12.87 %
DEFENSOR SANTIAGO, MIRIAM
1,417,450 VOTES
3.44 %

VICE PRESIDENT
ROBREDO, LENI DAANG MATUWID
13,968,884 VOTES
35.13 %
MARCOS, BONGBONG
13,738,585 VOTES
34.56 %
CAYETANO, ALAN PETER
5,655,489 VOTES
14.22 %
ESCUDERO, CHIZ
4,797,834 VOTES
12.07 %
TRILLANES, ANTONIO IV
840,154 VOTES
2.11 %
HONASAN, GRINGO
757,121 VOTES
1.90%

SENATORS
1. DRILON, FRANK (LP)
18,087,456 VOTES
2. VILLANUEVA, JOEL TESDAMAN (LP)
18,031,767 VOTES
3. SOTTO, VICENTE (NPC)
16,776,076 VOTES
4. LACSON, PANFILO PING (IND)
16,479,056 VOTES
5. GORDON, DICK (IND)
16,246,971 VOTES
6. ZUBIRI, MIGZ (IND)
15,623,735 VOTES
7. PACQUIAO, MANNY (UNA)
15,522,804 VOTES
8. HONTIVEROS, RISA (AKBYN)
15,497,083 VOTES
9. PANGILINAN, KIKO (LP)
15,474,422 VOTES
10. GATCHALIAN, WIN (NPC)
14,633,351 VOTES
11. RECTO, RALPH (LP)
13,848,397 VOTES
12. DE LIMA, LEILA (LP)
13,747,750 VOTES
13. TOLENTINO, FRANCIS (IND)
12,476,123 VOTES
14. OSMEÑA, SERGIO III (IND)
12,289,741 VOTES
15. ROMUALDEZ, MARTIN (LAKAS)
12,024,348 VOTES
16. DOMAGOSO, ISKO MORENO (PMP)
10,876,292 VOTES
17. GUINGONA, TG (LP)
9,985,633 VOTES
18. PETILLA, CARLOS JERICHO (LP)
6,872,863 VOTES
19. LAPID, MARK (AKSYON)
6,408,087 VOTES
20. COLMENARES, NERI (MKBYN)
6,308,905 VOTES
21. MANZANO, EDU (IND)
5,089,523 VOTES
22. ROMULO, ROMAN (IND)
4,704,714 VOTES
23. OPLE, SUSAN (NP)
2,639,725 VOTES
24. LACSAMANA, ALMA MORENO (UNA)
2,358,651 VOTES
25. BELGICA, GRECO (IND)
2,013,494 VOTES
26. ALUNAN, RAFFY (IND)
1,938,197 VOTES
27. GADON, LARRY (KBL)
1,917,127 VOTES
28. LANGIT, REY (UNA)
1,793,487 VOTES
29. KAPUNAN, ATTY. LORNA (AKSYON)
1,756,222 VOTES
30. SANTIAGO, DIONISIO (IND)
1,748,671 VOTES
31. PAGDILAO, SAMUEL (IND)
1,700,084 VOTES
32. CHAVEZ, MEL (WPPPMM)
1,676,515 VOTES
33. NAPEÑAS, GETULIO (UNA)
1,659,882 VOTES
34. AMBOLODTO, INA (LP)
1,564,884 VOTES
35. MONTANO, ALLAN (UNA)
1,551,191 VOTES
36. BELLO, WALDEN (IND)
1,048,288 VOTES
37. KIRAM, PRINCESS JACEL (UNA)
918,938 VOTES
38. ALBANI, SHARIFF (IND)
839,361 VOTES
39. PALPARAN, JOVITO JR. (IND)
815,106 VOTES
40. PAEZ, MR. COOP (IND)
784,064 VOTES
41. CAM, SANDRA (PMP)
769,831 VOTES
42. LIBAN, DANTE (IND)
748,761 VOTES
43. MONTAÑO, MON (IND)
729,683 VOTES
44. MAGANTO, ROMEO (LAKAS)
698,350 VOTES
45. ALI, ALDIN (WPPPMM)
675,046 VOTES
46. ARQUIZA, GODOFREDO (IND)
653,203 VOTES
47. BALIGOD, LEVITO (IND)
570,566 VOTES
48. VALEROSO, DIOSDADO (IND)
504,679 VOTES
49. DORONA, RAY (IND)
473,183 VOTES
50. KABALU, EID (IND)
351,983 VOTES

TOP 40 PARTY-LIST
1. 16 AKO BICOL
1,633,858 VOTES (5.21 %)
2. 36 GABRIELA
1,337,069 VOTES (4.26 %)
3. 25 1PACMAN
1,284,631 VOTES (4.10 %)
4. 31 ACT TEACHERS
1,148,027 VOTES (3.66 %)
5. 69 SENIOR CITIZENS
957,098 VOTES (3.05 %)
6. 30 KABAYAN
807,253 VOTES (2.57 %)
7. 1 AGRI
803,885 VOTES (2.56 %)
8. 110 BUHAY
751,891 VOTES (2.40 %)
9. 89 PBA
746,995 VOTES (2.38 %)
10. 62 ABONO
717,064 VOTES (2.29 %)
11. 21 COOP-NATCCO
652,393 VOTES (2.08 %)
12. 63 AMIN
613,898 VOTES (1.96 %)
13. 14 AKBAYAN
588,224 VOTES (1.88 %)
14. 8 AGAP
587,614 VOTES (1.87 %)
15. 81 BAYAN MUNA
585,055 VOTES (1.87 %)
16. 78 AN WARAY
583,467 VOTES (1.86 %)
17. 72 CIBAC
543,495 VOTES (1.73 %)
18. 60 AAMBIS-OWA
483,007 VOTES (1.54 %)
19. 58 KALINGA
482,672 VOTES (1.54 %)
20. 51 A TEACHER, INC.
461,877 VOTES (1.47 %)
21. 6 DIWA
457,963 VOTES (1.46 %)
22. 57 TUCP
456,169 VOTES (1.45 %)
23. 40 LPGMA
456,078 VOTES (1.45 %)
24. 5 ABANG LINGKOD
453,538 VOTES (1.45 %)
25. 34 YACAP
443,650 VOTES (1.41 %)
26. 44 ALONA
429,401 VOTES (1.37 %)
27. 102 1-SAGIP
392,210 VOTES (1.25 %)
28. 93 BUTIL
391,615 VOTES (1.25 %)
29. 52 ANAKPAWIS
353,850 VOTES (1.13 %)
30. 88 ACTS-OFW
343,310 VOTES (1.09 %)
31. 32 ANG KABUHAYAN
339,341 VOTES (1.08 %)
32. 43 ANGKLA
328,547 VOTES (1.05 %)
33. 98 MATA
320,586 VOTES (1.02 %)
34. 97 1-CARE
319,549 VOTES (1.02 %)
35. 91 ANAC-IP
300,651 VOTES (0.96 %)
36. 39 ABS
296,814 VOTES (0.95 %)
37. 100 BH (BAGONG HENERASYON)
295,296 VOTES (0.94 %)
38. 55 KABATAAN
293,154 VOTES (0.93 %)
39. 59 AASENSO
285,518 VOTES (0.91 %)
40. 9 SBP
277,949 VOTES (0.89 %)

2016 Philippine Presidential Election Candidates

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2016 PHILIPPINE Presidential Election Candidates

Get to know all the 2016 Philippine Presidential Election Candidates. It is always better to know all of them first before we give their votes to them this coming May 2016 Presidential election.

Top Presidential Candidates are Rodrigo Duterte, Grace Poe, Mar Roxas, Jejomar Binay and Miriam Defensor Santiago.

Click HERE to know more about 2016 Philippine Presidential Election Candidates

Manny Pacquiao versus Floyd Mayweather Jr. Fight round per round Details

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Get to know the details of Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather Jr. Fight round per round details
May 3, 2015 Sunday, Philippine time at the MGM Grand Garden Arena Las Vegas, Nevada

Click here to see the roud-per-round details of the best fight ever in boxing history

“No Registration, No Travel Policy from LTO

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lto philippinesLand Transportation Office (LTO) Philippines has already realeased the “No Registration, No Travel” policy and will take effect starting April 1, 2015. Below are the details for strict compliance.

Memorandum Circular No. AVT-2015-1927
NO REGISTRATION — NO TRAVEL
Starting 01 April 2015, no four (4)-wheeled motor vehicle can be used, driven or operated on the roads without being duly registered with the Land Transportation Office (LTO) pursuant to R.A. 4136, Joint Administrative Order No. 2014-01 and other applicable rules and regulations.

1.  Any vehicle without license plates shall be stopped and the driver must present the Certificate of Registration (CR) and Official Receipt (OR) of the vehicle;

2.  If only CR/OR are presented, a fine of Php 5,000.00 shall be imposed for failure to attach the plates;

3.  In case Special Plates were applied for, the driver must present the OR for the payment;

4.  If without CR/OR, the driver must present the following:

a.  Certificate of Stock Reported;

b.  Sales Invoice, which must be dated within seven (7) days prior to the apprehension; and

c.  Certificate of Insurance Cover, which must be dated on or after the date of the Sales Invoice.

5.  In the absence of any of the above, the vehicle owner shall be fined the amount of Php 10,000.00 for using an unregistered vehicle and the driver shall be fined the amount of Php 1,000.00 and cited for
reckless driving;

6.  Further, if at the time of apprehension the date of the Sales Invoice exceeds thirty-seven (37) days from the date of purchase, the vehicle shall be impounded;

7.  This is without prejudice to the liability of the concerned manufacturer, assembler, importer and dealer; and

8.  All apprehensions may be contested within five (5) days therefrom.

For strict compliance.

Dingdong Dantes and Marian Rivera Royal Wedding Details

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Marian Rivera and Dingdong Dantes Royal Wedding

Wedding Date: December 30, 2014
Wedding Venue: Immaculate Concepcion Cathedral Cubao Quezon City
Wedding Reception: Mall of Asia Arena Pasay City Philippines
There were 8 bishops and 7 priests to celebrate mass during their wedding. Marian Rivera also had 8 bridal showers.
Marian Rivera Wedding Gown by International Designer Michael Cinco that costs as much as 2 million pesos
Wedding cake (3D-mapped cake) is from Goldilocks (it took them 1 month to make this cake). 5-tiered wedding cake, 12 feet tall, 120 kilo with butterfly details and with Swarovski crystals. There were 10 people who transported the wedding cake to the wedding reception.
Bride Marian Rivera’s Parents: Francisco Javier Garcia Alonso (Spanish) and Amalia Rivera
Groom Dingdong Dantes Parents: Jose Sixto Z. Dantes Jr. and Angeline Gonzalez Dantes
Witness of Honor: President Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III
Three Maid of Honor: Joy Gonzales (non-showbiz bestfriend), Ana Feleo, Roxanne Barcelo
Three Best Men: Jose Angelo Dantes (brother of Dingdong Dantes, Paul Harvey Camposano, Mario Vincent Lanuza

40 Principal Sponsors:
1.    Perry Lansigan (manager ni Dingdong)
2.    Antonio P. Tuviera (manager ni Marian)
3.    Vic Sotto (comedian-TV host)
4.    Ogie Alcasid (singer-comedian)
5.    German Moreno (starbuilder)
6.    Wilson Tieng (film producer)
7.    Ben Chan (Bench owner)
8.    Randy Ortiz (fashion designer)
9.    Mak Reyes (director)
10.    Mac Alejandre (director)
11.    Felipe L. Gozon (GMA big boss)
12.    Gilberto Duavit Jr. (GMA big boss)
13.    Jose Francisco Gonzalez
14.    Zaldy Rivera
15.    Dr. Gary Lopez
16.    Joel Rustia
17.    Marlon Dantes
18.    RADM Herby F. Escutin (PCG Ret.)
19.    Monchito Dantes
20.    Jose Eduardo Gonzalez
21.    Vilma Santos-Recto (Batangas Governor)
22.    Sharon Cuneta-Pangilinan (Megastar)
23.    Kristina Bernadette “Kris” Aquino (Queen of All Media)
24.    Regine Velasquez-Alcasid (Asia’s Songbird)
25.    Celia Rodriguez (veteran actresses)
26.    Helen Gamboa-Sotto (veteran actresses)
27.    Lily Monteverde (film producer)
28.    Lilybeth Rasonable (GMA executive)
29.    Wilma Galvante (network executive)
30.    Joyce Bernal (director)
31.    Dra. Victoria “Vicki” Belo (cosmetic surgeon)
32.    Lolita Solis (TV host-talent manager)
33.    Ma. Luisa Henson
34.    Juliet Lanuza
35.    Ma. Margarita Gonzalez
36.    Maria Joycelyn Rustia
37.    Dra. Ma. Theresa Lopez
38.    Floresfida Gonzalez
39.    Myrna Dominguez
40.    Laila River

Secondary Sponsors:
1.    Richard Gomez at Congresswoman Lucy Torres-Gomez (lighting of candles)
2.    Senator Paolo Benigno “Bam” Aquino IV at Maria Kristina “KC” Concepcion (cord)
3.    Gabriel John “Gabby” Eigenmann at Martina Eileen “Ai-Aid delas Alas (veil)

Groomsmen:
1.    Jonathan Aurelio
2.    Joseph Aguilar
3.    Ricky Chua
4.    Paolo Contis
5.    Rep. Dakila Carlo Cua
6.    Edgar Dantes Jr.
7.    Loujude Gonzalez
8.    Jose Carlo Gonzalez
9.    Jose Emmanuel Gonzalez
10.    Jose Dino Gonzalez
11.    Jose Marco Gonzalez
12.    Jose Paulo Gonzalez
13.    Andre Rafael Gonzalez
14.    Casey Miller
15.    Juan Phillip Quema
16.    Arthur Solinap
17.    Rep. Irwin Tieng
18.    Jay Wambangco
19.    Norman Balbuena

Bridesmaid:
1.    Rochelle Pangilinan
2.    Bettina Carlos
3.    Agot Isidro
4.    Luane Dy
5.    Bianca Gonzalez
6.    Pam Quiñones
7.    Liz Uy
8.    Ma. Angela Aurelio
9.    Ana Marie Reyes
10.    Maria Eliza Uson
11.    Carolyn Galve
12.    Ma. Cristina Quema
13.    Joan Banaag
14.    Catherine Magn
15.    Arishella Quilatan
16.    Celeste Tuviera
17.    Mary Jill Roxas
18.    Ma. Victoria Dantes

Flower Girls:
1.    Ryzza Mae Dizon
2.    Katrence Lawrence Cadevida (anak nina Katrina Halili at Kris Lawrence)
3.    Amanda Lucia Carlos (anak ni Bettina Carlos)
4.    Julia Catherine Quema
5.    Ehlla Antonio
6.    Dominique Marie Cua
7.    Susana May Quilatan
8.    Amilia Janis Visaya

Ring Bearer: Jean Tyler Quema
Bible Bearer: Arvin John Dominguez
Coin Bearer: Edwin Arash Dantes
Rosary Bearers: Jed Matthew Banaag at Dean Riley Paras
Crucifix Bearers: Nathaniel James Alcasid, John Dexter Dantes Jr., Jose Eduardo Goduco, Nathan Dominic Mamon, David Vince Manalo and Rafael Andres Rivera

Exclusive Wedding Coverage
by GMA Network at YES! Magazine
Marian Rivera and Dingdong Dantes Honeymoon: Boracay Philippines and Rome Italy

2014 Winners of Yahoo Philippines Celebrity Awards

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Yahoo celebrity winnersHeld at SM Mall of Asia Arena last July 18, 2014 (Friday), pinoy fans came to see their favorite celebrity artists since the event is free to all.
Winners came from 17.5 million votes online and from kakao Talk votes.
Celebrities that performed during the event are Maja Salvador, Elmo Magalona, Spongecola and some of Philippines top music stars.

List of 2014 Yahoo Celebrity Awards Winners:

Celebrity Child Star – Andrea Brillantes,
Male and Female TV Hosts winners – Vhong Navarro and Kris Aquino.
News Program of the Year – “TV Patrol”
Celebrity Family – The Padilla family
Male Emerging Star – JC De Vera
Female Emerging Star – Julia Barretto
Male Kontrabida- Jake Cuenca
Female Kontrabida – Jennylyn Mercado
Love Team of the Year – Vice Ganda and Karylle .
Fan Club of the Year – KimXi’s fan
Teleserye of the Year – “Ikaw Lamang”
News Program of the Year – “TV Patrol”
Movie of the Year – Star Cinema’s “Bride for Rent”
Male Hothlete – brothers Jeron and Jeric Teng
Female Hothlete – Gretchen Ho
Male Performer – “The Voice” coach Bamboo
Female Performer – Sarah Geronimo
Band of the Year – Parokya ni Edgar’s
Emerging Band – Yolanda Moon
Song of the Year – Julie Anne’s San Jose’s “Bakit Ngayon”
FM Radio Station of the Year – 90.7 Love Radio
Male DJ – Papa Jack
Female DJ – MOR 101.9’s DJ Chacha

US President Barack Obama Arrives in Manila Philippines

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US President Barack Obama Arrives in Manila PhilippinesUS President arrived in the Philippines April 28, 2014 (Monday) 1:26 in the afternoon at Air Force One at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport.
All terminals in NAIA Airport has been closed for an hour (Monday, 12:30 to 1:30) and also on Tuesday.
He is here for his 2 days state visit in the Philippines. He will also meet Philippine President Benigno Aquino III and to strengthen ties between the two countries.
After meeting the Philippine President, they will also have a bilateral meeting, a joint conference and a dinner.
The US President was welcomed by honour guards, Vice President Jejomar Binay, US Ambassador Philip Goldberg, Foreign Affairs Secretary Albert Del Rosario, Interior Secretary Manuel “Mar” Roxas II, and Philippine Ambassador to the US Jose Cuisia.
President Barack  Obama and his party was then boarded to the the Marine One Presidential Helicopter that would bring them to Malacañang.

US President arrived in the Philippines April 28, 2014 (Monday) 1:26 in the afternoon at Air Force One at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport. All terminals in NAIA Airport has been closed for an hour (Monday, 12:30 to 1:30) and also on Tuesday.He is here for his 2 days state visit in the Philippines. He will also meet Philippine President Benigno Aquino III and to strengthen ties between the two countries.After meeting the Philippine President, they will also have a bilateral meeting, a joint conference and a dinner.

The US President was welcomed by honour guards, Vice President Jejomar Binay, US Ambassador Philip Goldberg, Foreign Affairs Secretary Albert Del Rosario, Interior Secretary Manuel “Mar” Roxas II, and Philippine Ambassador to the US Jose Cuisia.

President Barack  Obama and his party was then boarded to the the Marine One Presidential Helicopter that would bring them to Malacañang.