Rep. Djou invites Filipino president to visit Hawaii

President Benigno Aquino III
President Benigno Aquino III

HONOLULU (AP) - US Representative Charles Djou has invited the new president of the Philippines to visit Hawaii. Djou announced Wednesday that he had sent President Benigno Aquino III a letter asking him to visit the islands during his upcoming trip to the mainland next month.

He says Filipino-Americans in Hawaii are ready and willing to offer Aquino a warm welcome. In a statement, Djou says he has made strengthening relations with the Philippines a priority.

Doing so also has political benefits for Djou, who faces a tough re-election race in November against likely Democratic foe Colleen Hanabusa. A significant percentage of Hawaii voters are of Filipino heritage.

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