The three-state (France, Italy and Vatican) European trip of President Benigno S. Aquino is over, with his arrival Saturday at the terminal 2 of the Ninoy Aquino International Airport. Official Malacanang news report considered the presidential junket a successful trip.
While in Paris, Aquino met with business leaders. He also toured the 1,500-square-meter facility of Usine IO, a membership-based workshop in Paris dedicated to hardware technologies and startup assistance. The facility serves as an innovation and hardware prototyping platform or launchpad for hardware products like furniture, healthcare, and robotics.
During his meeting with Italian President Mattarella and Prime Minister Renzi, Aquino noted the two officials support to the Mindanao peace process as well as the Philippine government’s position to solve the West Philippine Sea dispute. The President said the Italian leaders expressed admiration to the Filipinos working in various sectors in Italy.
During his audience with Pope Francis, he assured the pope that the Filipino people love him so much.
After delivering his arrival speech, President Aquino was scheduled to witness the turnover and blessing of two fighter jets, which arrived last week.(PNA)
Among those who met the President at the airport were Archbishop Giuseppe Pinto; Cabinet members led by Secretary Paquito Ochoa; Congresswoman Emi Calixto Rubiano, Mayor Tony Calixto; Police Director General Ricardo Marquez; Armed Forces of the Philippines Chief-of-staff Hernando Irriberi; and NAIA General Manager Jose Angel Honrado.