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Wisconsin Fil-Am Members Meet with

President Aquino in Chicago  

Submitted by: Gem Cubos

President Benigno Aquino III visited Chicago on a  working visit on May 6-7, his first visit to the U.S. Midwest since assuming office in 2010. He was joined by key members of his cabinet: Trade and Industry Secretary Greg Domingo, Finance Secretary Cesar Purisima and Philippine Ambassador to U.S., Jose Cuisia, Jr.  Delegates from FAAWIS, PCCCF, PNAWI, UPAAW, FCM and FAHNS were on hand as they joined the Filipino community to deliver a rousing welcome to His Excellency during a special meeting on May 6 at J. W. Marriott, Chicago, Illinois. Noel Cabangon warmed up the crowd with Mabuting Pilipino. Aquino had also met earlier that day with Chicago Mayor, Rahm Emmanuel, and attended a business meeting at the TransUnion headquarters organized by U.S. ASEAN Council and U.S. Chamber of Commerce. The president got his wish as he  sampled the famed Chicago deep dish pizza.

    President Aquino, despite battling jet lag, delivered a 40 minute speech, in which he announced the achievements of his administration, particularly in improving the economy and in fighting corruption. “ Good governance equals good economics, equals good quality inclusive growth,” he stated. “Wala pong  ibang paraan para matupad ito kundi sa pagtutulungan ng lahat ng Pilipino, saanmang bahagi ng mundo,” he said. He urged  the people not to be content with what has been achieved so far and not to just watch things unfold or ignore them, because the fate of the Philippines is in the hands of Filipinos. He mentioned the notable increase in foreign direct investments since he assumed office from 1.07 billion dollars on 2010 to 6.2 billion dollars in 2014, a 479.28 percent increase. He informed those present that the Philippines is now the “Darling of Asia” for having investment grade status.

    The president thanked Fil-Ams for the overwhelming number of absentee votes from the U.S.  which put him in power. He asked everyone  share the positive developments outlined in his speech via social media, adding that main stream media reports only negative news. He also urged Filipino community to support the administration’s candidate in the 2016 elections to ensure the continuity of our country’s  gains.  After leaving the U.S. Aquino flew to Canada for a three day visit.



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