In his UN address, Mr. Aquino is expected to ask world leaders to back UN efforts for nuclear nonproliferation, particularly in the Middle East, where some 2.5 million Filipinos live and work.
Many analysts see the Middle East as a potential trigger for a nuclear conflict.
Won’t bump into Arroyo
Before his UN speech, Mr. Aquino will attend a meeting among Obama and leaders of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), which includes the Philippines.
In Manila, presidential spokesperson Edwin Lacierda said there would be no chance Mr. Aquino would bump into former president and now Pampanga Rep. Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, who will also be in New York for a separate international conference.
Lacierda ruled out such a meeting, saying Mr. Aquino has a hectic schedule until Friday. “So there will be no chance for them to meet there,” he said.