Sen. Robinhood “Robin” C. Padilla, representing the Philippine Senate, acted as the civilian host Thursday morning to a high-powered delegation from Vietnam at the Rizal Park and in Intramuros in Manila.
Padilla joined the delegation led by Vuong Dinh Hue, Chairman of the National Assembly of Vietnam, at the wreath-laying ceremony at the Rizal Monument in Rizal Park in Maynila.
The delegation arrived in the Philippines earlier this week to hold meetings with ranking Philippine officials. Hue is the fourth highest official in VIetnam.
After the wreath-laying ceremony, Padilla accompanied the delegation members in visiting the Ho Chi Minh Monument at the ASEAN Garden in Intramuros.
With Padilla in visiting the Ho Chi Minh Monument were officials of the City of Manila led by Mayor Ma. Sheilah “Honey” Lacuna.
Padilla voiced hopes that the Vietnamese delegation’s visit will enhance ties between the Philippines and Vietnam, which the Philippines considers a strategic partner sa Southeast Asia.
Also, Padilla thanked Gen. Roberto Ancan, head of the Office of the Senate Sergeant-at-Arms (OSAA), for ensuring the security of the participants at the two activities in Manila.