U.S. President Barack Obama arrives in Manila for APEC summit

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines) — U.S. President Barack Obama arrived in Manila on Tuesday (November 17) for the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit.

Air Force One touched down several minutes past 11 a.m. at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA).

Among those who welcomed Obama were Philippine Defense Secretary Voltaire Gazmin, Philippine Ambassador to the U.S. Jose Cuisia Jr., and U.S. Ambassador to the Philippines Philip Goldberg.

On Wednesday (November 18), Obama is expected to speak at the 13th session of the APEC CEO Summit.

Obama is in the country for a three-day trip, during which he is expected to hold bilateral meetings with President Benigno Aquino III and other heads of state. Obama's meeting with Aquino is expected to touch on the country's territorial row with China.

Obama will also reportedly have a meeting with members of the Latin-American trade bloc Pacific Alliance, composed of Chile, Colombia, Mexico, and Peru.

After the APEC summit, the U.S president will fly to Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia for the ASEAN and East Asia summits.

This is the second time Obama visited the Philippines. He paid a two-day state visit to Manila on April 2014 as part of a week-long Asian tour.