April 29 - U.S. President Barack Obama leaves the Philippines, wrapping up his four-nation Asian tour. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT - NO REPORTER NARRATION PLEASE NOTE: CONTAINS MATERIAL THAT WAS ORIGINALLY 4:3 U.S. president Barack Obama ended a two-day state visit to the Philippines on Tuesday (April 29), concluding a week-long tour of U.S. allies in Asia. The Philippines was the last stop in Obama's four-nation trek, which was aimed at convincing sceptical allies that Washington is serious in its commitment to a previously promised "pivot" to the Asia-Pacific region. The U.S. president's previous stops included Japan, South Korea, and Malaysia. Obama departed Manila for Anchorage, Alaska on his way back to Washington, DC. He was accompanied to the airport by several Philippine cabinet members, who saw him off at his departure. Obama's Philippine visit was highlighted by the signing of a recently drafted security agreement that is expected to increase the presence and movement of U.S. troops, equipment, and vehicles in the island nation. The pact has faced vocal opposition and numerous protests from nationalist and Leftist groups, although White House officials maintain that the accord will not threaten Philippine sovereignty. Obama also attended a 300-guest state dinner hosted by his Philippine counterpart Benigno Aquino. He witnessed the unveiling and launch of an e-vehicle jointly developed by the United States and the Philippines. He also presided over a wreath laying ceremony in honour of U.S. soldiers who have fallen during World War Two.