Bali trip of President Aquino cost government P7.1 million


MANILA, Oct. 10 — The Philippine government is spending around P7.1 million for President Benigno S. Aquino III’s presence in the 7th Bali Democracy Forum from October 9 to 10 in Indonesia, according to Malacanang.

The amount covers expenses for transportation, accommodation, food, equipment and other requirements of the president and his 47-member delegation.

President Aquino co-chairs this year’s forum, with the theme “Evolving Regional Democratic Architecture: The Challenges of Political Development, Public Participation and Socio-Economic Progress in the 21st Century.”

Aquino left the country late Wednesday afternoon on a chartered flight, accompanied by Foreign Affairs Secretary Albert Del Rosario, Trade and Industry Secretary Gregory Domingo, Cabinet Secretary Jose Rene Almendras, Presidential Management Staff Chief Julia Andrea Abad, Presidential Spokesperson Edwin Lacierda and Presidential Protocol Chief Celia Anna Feria.

The annual Bali Democratic Forum is chaired by Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, who will also confer to President Aquino the “Bintang Republik Indonesia Adipurna” (Star of the Republic of Indonesia), the highest decoration awarded by the Jakarta government to an individual who has contributed extraordinary service to the integrity, viability and greatness of Indonesia * (sic).

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