Arroyo-Obama meeting ‘a triumph for Filipinos’
MANILA (3rd Update) -- Malacañang said Friday that the historic meeting between President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo and United States President Barack Obama is a triumph for all Filipinos.
"It's a historic meeting. It has been a successful one. It was a hit,'' said Acting Executive Secretary Gabriel Claudio in a press briefing at the New Executive Building (NEB).
"This is not just a triumph for the President, but a triumph for the entire Filipino nation," Claudio added.
Arroyo met Obama on Friday (Philippine time) at the White House in Washington, D.C., making her the first Southeast Asian leader to visit the American president.
The meeting was of course over shadowed by Cory Aquino's death early this morning. GMA was trying to impress us with her political skills but what this meeting really means that US and Filipino ties have been reconfirmed. That US is using the Philippines as a tool to have a door way into the matters of Asean. so they have first hand knowledge and can apply political pressure when needed. United Kingdom is used the same way in reference to the European Union.