Marco Rubio completes tour of Philippines; next stop, South Korea

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U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio’s ended his visit to the Philippines on Wednesday, the second stopover in a weeklong official tour of three Pacific Rim nations. He will next visit South Korea.

While in the Philippines, the Florida Senator toured Tacloban to witness ongoing recovery efforts after Typhoon Haiyan.

After returning to Manila, Rubio met with government officials such as President Benigno Aquino III and Secretary of Foreign Affairs Albert del Rosario, as well as Congressman and world champion professional boxer Manny Pacquiao.

South Korea will be the final stop on Rubio’s first official trip to the Asia-Pacific region since his election to Congress.

Rubio serves as the highest-ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations East Asian and Pacific Affairs Subcommittee and a member of the Select Committee on Intelligence.

While in South Korea on Thursday, Rubio will meet with U.S. troops, visit President Park Geun-hye, and deliver a speech to Korea’s Asan Institute for Policy Studies in Seoul on Friday.

 “Our friends in the Philippines are resilient and strong, but they need our continued support,” he said. “The United States must remain strongly engaged in helping the Filipino get back on their feet.”

Regular updates on the trip can be found through his personal Twitter account @MarcoRubio, as well as posted photos and information on his website. 

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