Palace: Security in place for Obama's visit

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Thursday, April 24, 2014

MALACANANG on Thursday said enough security preparations are being made for the visit of United States President Barack Obama on Monday as militant organizations threaten more protest action.

"We are preparing, as we will prepare (for) any visiting head of state. They are here as our guests, and as host, we will provide them the necessary security," Presidential Spokesman Edwin Lacierda said in a press briefing.

Asked by reporters if the Palace worries about possible problems from these militant groups, he said the government expects mass actions from groups opposing Obama's visit to the country and is thus carrying out necessary security measures.

President Benigno Aquino III and Obama will be talking about defense, trade and security matters, the Palace official said.

"These are the three things that matter regarding our relations with the United States, so those things will be discussed," he said.

The US leader, who arrived in Japan on Wednesday, is on a four-nation Asian tour to reassure allies of US commitment to the Asia Pacific.

The visit highlights the US' "pivot to Asia", as announced by the Obama administration a few years ago. It aims to counter growing Chinese influence in the region.

Obama's other stops will be South Korea and Malaysia. (SDR/Sunnex)

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