November 18-19, 2023
President Ferdinand R. Marcos Jr. commences the final leg of his trip to the United States of America (USA) with a Working Visit to Honolulu, Hawaii from November 18 to 19, 2023.
Upon arriving in Honolulu, the President meets with the thriving Filipino community in Hawaii, the second most populous Filipino-American state after California. He outlines various government programs and initiatives under his Administration’s ‘Bagong Pilipinas’ brand of governance and expresses his gratitude for their valuable economic contributions through remittances, especially during the economic slump caused by the pandemic.
At the United States Indo-Pacific Command (USINDOPACOM), President Marcos Jr. meets with security officers, led by Commander Admiral John Aquilino.
The USINDOPACOM is the oldest and largest combatant command of the US, with over 380,000 personnel, including soldiers, sailors, marines, airmen, guardians, coast guardsmen, and Department of Defense civilians. The Command oversees all US military activities in the Indo-Pacific region, which includes 36 nations, 14 time zones and more than 50 percent of the global population.
At the Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam (JBPHH), the Chief Executive lays a wreath aboard the USS Arizona Memorial in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, to honor the fallen service members from the attack on December 7, 1941.
Before concluding his Working Visit in the USA, the President participates in a roundtable discussion at the Daniel K. Inouye Asia-Pacific Center for Security Studies. This center serves as a forum for military and civilian leaders from the Indo-Pacific to discuss regional and global security issues.
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