President Benigno S. Aquino III’s state visit to Vietnam next week which will coincide with
Association of the South East Asian Nations (ASEAN) summit will be “simple and less
expensive” similar to the United States visit, Malacanang assured.
“Yes, a lean delegation is a policy of this administration. We are not going to spend any more
of the people’s money than is necessary. So we will have again a lean delegation to the
Vietnam trip,” Presidential Communications Strategy Secretary Ricky Carandang said.
Just like the US trip, Carandang said the President would be joined only by selected Cabinet
secretaries and business delegations.
He stressed that the state visit to Vietnam, including attendance to the ASEAN summit, is a
must for President Aquino.
The President will leave for Vietnam on Monday, Oct. 25 for the 17th ASEAN summit
scheduled in Hanoi, Vietnam from October 28-30, and probably be back on October 30. The
President is also scheduled to meet Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung. (PCOO)