The Unites States’ determination in strengthening bilateral ties with Asian allies including the Philippines is signified by his visit that is ongoing as of this time of writing. There were news about some groups opposing the said visit but there were too minimal and did not even trigger worries from the national security department. Read this to know the agenda of President Barrack Obama while in the Philippines:
“It makes up in part for the trip he was not able to take last fall because of the government shutdown, with the stops in Malaysia and the Philippines, and also allows us to go visit two of our closest allies in the world, the Republic of Korea and Japan,” Ben Rhodes, Deputy National Security Advisor for Strategic Communications, said in a press briefing in Washington last week. http://www.philstar.com/headlines/2014/04/28/1315230/live-updates-barack-obama-visits-philippines
Majority of the Filipinos are thrilled with the visit of President Barrack Obama. Looking up to the American administration especially during calamities or disasters has already been a part of Filipino culture. Since the Filipino-American community is growing fast in the U.S., there’s no reason why Filipinos back home will not give full respect to the American President. A warm welcome to you, Mr. President!