Binay back from Cambodia Sihanouk cremation rites


Vice President Jejomar Binay. FILE PHOTO

MANILA, Philippines—Vice President Jejomar Binay returned from Cambodia on Thursday evening after attending the cremation ceremony for the late King Norodom Sihanouk.

“His Majesty was formerly the King of Cambodia and also served as its prime minister. He was revered and loved by the Cambodian people. The Philippines remembers Sihanouk for his various visits to our country, notably his state visit in 1956, where he sought to build closer relations between our countries,” Binay said in his arrival statement.

Sihanouk, who abdicated the throne in 2004, died in October last year. He was 89 years old.  Following elaborate royal and traditional funeral customs, his remains were cremated last Monday in Phom Penh.

Binay, who represented President Aquino, was among several dignitaries who attended the rite led by  King Norodom Sihamoni and Queen-Mother Monineath. Tens of thousands of Cambodians also witnessed the ceremony.

The Vice President said he was able to speak to Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen, Deputy Prime Minister Sok An, and fellow guests French Prime Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault, his wife Brigitte Terrien, and Prince Akishino of Japan.

The Vice President said he conveyed to Hun Sen “the great interest of the Philippine government to expand and strengthen bilateral cooperation and exchanges, particularly the signing of agreements on combating transnational crimes, rice trading, and cooperation in culture and tourism.”

“I assured the prime minister of our strong and firm support for efforts to build closer relations between our countries and our peoples. The prime minister welcomed the signing of the agreements. He also expressed keen interest in the possibility of direct flights between Manila and Phnom Penh,” he said.

While in Phnom Penh, Binay also held a dialog with some 500 members of the Filipino community, appraising them of the government’s programs and actions to promote, enhance and protect their welfare and safety. The Filipinos shared their concerns over issues such as the processing of visit certifications and the impact of a weaker dollar on their remittances.

“I assured them that I will look into these concerns when I return to Manila,” he said.

Binay’s son, Makati City Mayor Erwin Binay, who was part of the Philippine delegation also met with Gov. Kep Chuktema of Phnom Penh to discuss details of establishing closer cooperation and exchange between the sister cities of Phnom Penh and Makati.

Binay also proceeded to visit the province of Siem Reap, where he was received by Gov. Sou Phirin. The Vice President also held discussions with officials of the Cambodia Scouts.

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  • bogli_anakdami

    dapat di na umuwi si gung gong binay… mas mukhang cambodian sya…

    yun lang…

    • Lagotka

      Hey you jobless born loser. Pakamatay ka na lang. Puro gung gong lang ang alam mo. Maghanap ka ng husay na trabaho!

      • koolkid_inthehouse

        pakisabi ke binay kailangan namin ng trabaho.  ayaw namin magtrabaho abroad meron ba syang mga available na trabaho para sa mga pinoy?

    • sanjuan683

       Sori walang maitim na cambodian?

  • dequis

    pinauwi ng mga cambodian baka kasi doon kumandidato

    • Catdoggie

      Even Cambodians will reject him.

    • sanjuan683

       di puede dynasty dun baka gulpihin lang siya..

  • kurakut

    president jejomar binay, vice president el. binay, senate president n. binay, speaker erwin binay.
    mabuhay ang pdp; panikas-dala- pangilad.

    • Ornbort Vortingeresdemesus

      puro kayo reklamo. take your advocacy to your neighborhood and influence those who don’t know any better. 

  • Lagotka

    Yan ang hilig ni Jojo Binay. Pumunta sa mga patay. Kunwari nakikiramay sa totoo lang na ngangampanya. Sa lamay kung ano-anong mga kuro-kuro niya ang sinasabi sa mga pamilya ng yumao.

    Alam ba ni Binay na may hidwaan ang Pilipinas at mga miyembro ng Asean laban sa Cambodia tungkol sa Spratley at iba pang teritoryo? Nag punta lang siya ng Cambodia nag marunong na tungkol sa foreign affairs. Di niya naiintindihan ang papel niya. Ang papel niya ay makiramay at hindi mag text habang nakikiramay siya. Bastos! Treaty and relation proposal are made by the President. He can recommend if he wants to.

  • Labandera1

    Si Binay ay isang maitim na lubo na nagsuot ng balahibo ng karnero. Mga katulad kong ordinaryong kababayan magkaisa tayo ngayong darating na eleksiyon wag magpasilaw ng pera panahon na sugpuin natin ang politically corrupt dynasty at trapo huwag iboto ang UNA, Nancy Binay – anak ni Binay, Jackie Enrile – anak ni Enrile martial administrator during the deposed dictator Ferdinand Marcos na ama ni senator Bongbong Marcos, JV Ejercito anak ni Erap Estrada convicted plunderer, Mitos Magsaysay lapdog ni Gloria Macapal Arroyo na naka hospital arrest at naka neck brace pa…paki sabi nalang sa hindi pa nakakaalam lalo na ang mga first time voters… 

    • sanjuan683

       Sige ikaw na lang ang iboboto ko ano ba pangalan mo. Tide ba?

      • Labandera1

        Ajax ang pangalan ko sanjaun683. Ang pangalan ng husband ko ay si Mr. Clean…

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