US-Philippines Society co-chairman John Negroponte flies into town

Former US ambassador to Manila, now US-Philippines Society co-chairman Nicholas Negroponte, at the NAIA. ERIC APOLONIO, INTERAKSYON.COM means BUSINESS

MANILA, Philippines - Former US Ambassador to the Philippines and US-Philippines Society co-chairman John Negroponte arrived at NAIA Terminal 3 Monday night to join key American businessmen on the hunt for investment opportunities in the country.

Negroponte flew in via All Nippon Airlines at 9:30 pm on flight NH 939 from Tokyo.

He will be meeting with President Aquino on Wednesday morning together with a delegation that includes top US business executives from Citigroup, Chevron, Coca Cola, General Electric, JP Morgan Chase, Procter & Gamble, Peregrine Development International, CV Starr & Co., the US Education Finance Group, McLarty & Associates, Federal Express and Spence & Co.

The group is in Manila to explore investment and trade opportunities in the country. “[It’s] always a pleasure to be back in the Philippines where the last visit I had was in 2008 after I left government service,” he told newsmen at the airport. He said they were “hoping to see the President on Wednesday with our business delegation group, the US- Philippine Society, where we are trying to promote a good US-Philippine relationship.” 

Negroponte is currently a research fellow and lecturer in international affairs at Yale University's Jackson Institute for Global Affairs and had served as the Deputy Secretary of State and the first ever Director of National Intelligence.

He also served in the US Foreign Service from 1960 to 1997. From 1981 to 1996, he had tours of duty as US ambassador in Honduras, Mexico and the Philippines. After leaving the Foreign Service, he served in the Bush Administration as US permanent representative to the United Nations from 2001 to 2004, and later as ambassador to Iraq from June 2004 to April 2005.

The US-Philippines Society was behind the Washington DC gala in honor of President Benigno Aquino III during his US state visit in 2012. It is a non-profit organization that helps raise the Philippines' profile in the US.

It is co-chaired by Philippine Long Distance Telephone (PLDT) and TV5 chairman Manuel Pangilinan. is the online newsportal of TV5.

Negroponte and two other former US ambassadors to Manila, Thomas Hubbard and Richard Murphy, will also participate in a dialogue with business leaders organized by the Makati Business Club.