Marcos plans to cut trips abroad in 2023
January 23, 2023 - Monday 7:01 PM by GDM
President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. announced that he would reduce his trips abroad in 2023 to strengthen the investment commitments obtained during his first eight trips as the country's president.
Following his recent trip to Davos, Switzerland, Marcos stated that he will reduce his overseas trip for the rest of the year, so he can focus on the investment pledges he has obtained during his visit to the Association of Southeast Asian Nations in Jakarta, Indonesia; Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation in Singapore; ASEAN-European Union Summit in Brussels, Belgium; and Davos, Switzerland, among others.
Marcos stated that his only confirmed presidential trip this year would be to the United States for the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Summit in November.
In addition, the Palace is preparing for Marcos' state visit to Japan next month.
“Ngayon kailangan na natin iconsolidate. Kailangan na natin i-follow up. Kung pababayaan natin yan, pumirma ng katakot-takot na MOU pero walang nangyari (We must now consolidate. We must follow up. If we let that go and sign a terrible MOU, nothing will happen),” said Marcos.
Marcos previously faced criticism for venturing on at least eight official trips, with critics questioning how much public money was spent on his travels.
His first trip as President of the Philippines was a three-day state visit to Indonesia, the largest economy in Southeast Asia.
Marcos made a state visit to Singapore, the only first-world economy in the area, after arriving in Jakarta.
Marcos, on the other hand, left for his third international trip, this time to the United States for the 77th United Nations General Assembly.
In response, Marcos stated that the general public should consider the return on investments rather than just the trip's cost.
“I don't know the exact figures of the cost and everything, but for example, we came back from China with pledges of P22 billion. Let’s say we get actual out of that P1 billion,” he pointed out.
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