PRESIDENT Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos Jr.'s back-to-back inaugural trips to Indonesia and Singapore is proof of the importance of the Philippines' relations with its fellow Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) members, Malacañang said.
The Chief Executive is set to visit Jakarta, upon the invitation of Indonesian President Joko Widodo from September 4 to 6.
"During the state visit, the two Presidents will witness the signing of several key agreements in the areas of defense and culture, as well as a comprehensive Plan of Action that will chart the countries' bilateral priorities over the next five years," according to the Palace.
"The President will also meet the Filipino communities in Indonesia and Singapore to personally assure them of the government's continuing commitment to protect their rights and promote their welfare as overseas Filipinos," it added.
From Indonesia, the President will immediately fly to Singapore where he is expected to have separate meetings with Singaporean President Halimah Yakob and Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong to discuss the close bilateral relations between the two countries, as well as regional and global issues.Get the latest news
Marcos and Loong are also set to witness the signing of agreements in the areas of counterterrorism and data privacy between the two countries.