Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos arrived in Manila on Monday afternoon to take part in the world Pacific Alliance dialogue during the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Leaders’ Meeting from Nov. 18 to 19.
The Colombian military aircraft carrying Santos arrived at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) Terminal 1 in Pasay City at 4:25 p.m.
He was earlier expected to arrive at around 9 a.m. Monday, but his flight was delayed.
Colombia has been invited as a guest country at the high-level economic forum and will attend the Pacific Alliance dialogue together with the Latin American APEC members Chile, Peru, and Mexico.
Held at the presence of the other APEC leaders, this dialogue among the four Pacific Alliance presidents will serve as a venue to identify possible areas of future collaboration and examine the integration process on both mechanisms.
The Colombian President was welcomed by Department of Budget and Management Secretary Florencio Abad, Department of Foreign Affairs Assistant Secretary Jesus Domingo, Philippine Ambassador to Colombia Tito Saul Penilla, Jorge Araneta, and Honorary Consul of Colombia Stella Marquez, among others.
Pacific Alliance is a regional group in Latin America comprised of four countries — Peru, Mexico, Colombia, and Chile. (PNA / Filane Mikee Z. Cervantes)