President Benigno Simeon Aquino III is set to visit Los Angeles on his way to Washington D.C. to meet with President Barack Obama.

By Nimfa U. Rueda

LOS ANGELES – President Benigno Aquino III will make his first presidential visit to Los Angeles on June 8.

The LA visit, earlier scheduled on June 5 and 6, was moved to the tailend of the president’s U.S. trip after the London leg was added this week.

President Aquino will be in London from June 4 to 6, then in Washington D.C. from June 6 to 8 for his meeting with President Barack Obama. He will stop in LA for a short visit on his way back to Manila.

The Philippine Consulate has also been preparing for the visit of Vice President Jejomar Binay on June 2, Consul General Mary Jo Bernardo Aragon told this reporter on Tuesday. Aragon, whose tour of duty will end in July, was honored at an event hosted by the Leelin family in Los Angeles.

Aragon said the consulate staff would be “very busy the next few weeks” working with the Philippine Embassy in Washington, D.C. Binay is scheduled to visit Los Angeles to lead an advance Independence Day celebration on June 2.

U.S. Ambassador to the Philippines Harry Thomas Jr., who met with Fil-Ams at a recent event hosted by the US Pinoys for Good Governance, confirmed the scheduled meeting between the two presidents at the White House.

U.S. State Secretary Hillary Clinton invited President Aquino to visit Washington D.C. during her visit to Manila last November. President Obama again extended the invitation later that month during his one-on-one with President Aquino at the East Asia Summit in Indonesia.

President Aquino made his first U.S. visit in 2010 for the United Nations General Assembly. He stopped in San Francisco on his way to New York. He visited the US again for the launching of the Open Government Partnership in September last year and the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation Summit in Hawaii last November.