Aquino meets with UN chief Ban Ki-Moon in Malacañang

Thursday, December 26th, 2013. Filed under: Philippine News
President Benigno S. Aquino III and United Nations (UN) Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon troop the line during the Departure Honors at the Malacañan Palace Main Lobby for his Courtesy Call on Saturday (December 21, 2013). The UN Chief is also scheduled to visit communities that were devastated by super typhoon Yolanda in Tacloban City, one of the areas hit hardest by the super typhoon when it made landfall in the Visayas and Southern Luzon last November 08, 2013. (MNS photo)

President Benigno S. Aquino III and United Nations (UN) Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon troop the line during the Departure Honors at the Malacañan Palace Main Lobby for his Courtesy Call on Saturday (December 21, 2013). The UN Chief is also scheduled to visit communities that were devastated by super typhoon Yolanda in Tacloban City, one of the areas hit hardest by the super typhoon when it made landfall in the Visayas and Southern Luzon last November 08, 2013. (MNS photo)

MANILA  (Mabuhay) – President Benigno S. Aquino III received United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in a courtesy call at the Malacañang Palace on Saturday morning.

The UN Secretary-General arrived in the country Friday evening.

Ban was welcomed by the President and Foreign Affairs Secretary Albert del Rosario upon his arrival at the Palace.

Ban will stay in the country from December 20 to 22 to assess the damage of Typhoon Yolanda and express sympathy to the survivors of the disaster in the Visayas region.

The UN chief wants to have firsthand assessment of the devastation of the typhoon as well as to express solidarity to the affected communities.

After his meeting with the President and other top government officials, Ban is scheduled to travel to Tacloban City to visit communities affected by Typhoon Yolanda, considered as one of the most if not the most powerful typhoon in history to make landfall.

Among the Cabinet members who joined the President in his meeting with the UN Secretary-General were Secretary del Rosario, Cabinet Secretary Jose Rene Almendras, Defense Secretary Voltaire Gazmin, Social Welfare Secretary Dinky Soliman and NEDA chief Arsenio Balisacan.

On Sunday morning, Ban will hold a joint press conference with Secretary del Rosario at the Manila Peninsula Hotel in Makati City prior to his departure. (MNS)

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