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Statement of Secretary Ignacio R. Bunye: On Prime Minister Fukuda

Malacanang, Manila, 25 September

The President welcomes and congratulates Mr. Yasuo Fukuda on his election as Prime Minister of Japan.

Mr. Fukuda brings to his high office a wealth of experience that auspiciously began with him serving as secretary to his late father Prime

Minister Takeo Fukuda, whose "Fukuda Doctrine" --- announced in Manila in 1977 - - defined Japan's relations with Asia.

The President is confident that under the leadership of Mr. Fukuda, the close and friendly ties between the Philippines and Japan will further prosper, and that the principles and values embodied in the Fukuda Doctrine will continue to foster stability and prosperity in East Asia.

Re: Recent SWS Survey

Surveys are based on people's perceptions that are shaped by the media where bad news is good news, but nevertheless, this is a challenge to do better. The President has been open to all criticisms, especially the constructive ones.

The survey was unfair to the First Gentleman. Media attacks may have contributed to the public's negative perception about the First Gentleman. The First Gentleman has been trying to establish a low-profile personality. He is also engaged in some good activities like funding health initiatives and developing sports.

Re: President's Trip to New York

President Arroyo will leave for New York on Tuesday to address the United Nations General Assembly, meet with UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon, participate in a forum of global leaders, and meet with diverse US business groups and the Filipino community.

She will participate in the Clinton Global Initiative, a forum organized to discuss challenges facing the world today and devise and implement innovative solutions to some of the world's most pressing challenges such as energy and climate change, global health, poverty alleviation and education. The forum will bring together global leaders, including heads of state, non-profit organizations, charities and business leaders.

The President will likewise meet with the leaders of the US-Asean Business Advisory Council in a roundtable discussion over lunch to be hosted by Martin Sullivan, chief executive officer of American International Group (AIG).

Other presidential engagements include calls by officials of the Millennium Challenge Corp., which oversees the Millennium Challenge Account (MCA), bank and financial officials and current US investors in the Philippines.

The President will be returning to Manila on Friday. (OPS) [top]

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