1. DAVOS DEBUT

    President Aquino: ‘We’ve received universal praise’

    Philippine President Benigno Aquino (C) takes part in a session of the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting 2013 on January 25, 2013 at the Swiss resort of Davos. The World Economic Forum (WEF) will take place from January 23 to 27. AFP PHOTO / JOHANNES EISELE        (Photo credit should read JOHANNES EISELE/AFP/Getty Images)

    Philippine Pres. Aquino in Davos on Friday. (Johannes Eisele/AFP/Getty)

    Philippines President Benigno Aquino finished up his debut performance at Davos this year with a near-standing ovation. Mr. Aquino said he was honored to be a part of the global event. “We can participate in the world stage and not feel—how should I put it—like a second-class citizen.” The Philippines is now ready and willing to “boost its participation in global events.” Aquino took a break from meetings at the World Economic Forum’s annual conference in Davos, Switzerland, on Saturday to announce that his country had agreed to host next year’s WEF East Asia Summit, a smaller regional summit in the forum’s network.

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