Casual meeting. President Aquino welcomes former US President William “Bill” Clinton at the Premier Guest House. Clinton is here to talk about globalization in a lecture titled “Embracing Our Common Humanity” at the Manila Hotel.

MANILA — President Benigno Aquino III and former US President Bill Clinton yesterday spent an hour getting to know each other and discussing Aquino’s plans for the Philippines.
Malacañang earlier said no meeting between Aquino and Clinton was scheduled because Aquino would be in Cebu yesterday and has to prepare for his trip to Japan where he will attend the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation summit. Aquino is leaving today.
Clinton flew to Manila to talk about globalization in a lecture titled "Embracing Our Common Humanity" at the Manila Hotel.
Aquino and Clinton met at the Premier Guest House. Also present during the meeting were Finance Secretary Cesar Purisima, Health Secretary Enrique Ona, Presidential Management Staff director general Julia Abad, and Foreign Undersecretary Erlinda Basilio.
The two leaders had a "casual and very informal meeting" and Clinton had a lot of questions about what is happening in the Philippines and Aquino’s plans, according to Secretary Ramon Carandang of the Presidential Communications Development and Strategic Planning Office.
"They hit it off. They were very friendly to each other," Carandang said.
Carandang said Clinton asked about Aquino’s programs on poverty, rice sufficiency, and renewable sources of energy. He said anti-poverty took up most of their conversation.
He said Aquino told Clinton that his administration is banking on the P21 billion conditional cash transfer (CCT) program and on investments on health care and education to reduce poverty. He said Clinton supported the CCT program.
He said Clinton offered the help of the Clinton Global Initiative in terms of technical expertise to enable the Philippines to achieve rice self-sufficiency. "We took it positively...we’ll look at what to ask for," he said.
He said Clinton supported Aquino’s projects that will tap geothermal and other indigenous sources of energy.
He said the global terrorist threat and review of the RP-US Visiting Forces Agreement were not taken up.
"It was a courtesy call so there is not much detail. It was more of ‘Hello, getting to know you.’ They talked mostly on anti-poverty. He’s (Clinton) more interested in learning what we’re doing," he added.