Former US Vice President Al Gore arrived for a first ever visit to Manila yesterday to talk about global warming and the diplomatic relationship between the Philippines and the US.
Gore arrived at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) Terminal 1 where a minor commotion occurred after a Filipino photographer working for a foreign news service slipped and caused a news television cameraman to fall on him while getting footage and pictures of Gore. This caught the attention and concern of the former second-highest official of the US.
"Are you all right?" Gore was heard asking the two embarrassed media men.
Gore arrived on Japan Airlines flight JL 741 at 1:40 p.m. from Tokyo.
An environmental advocate, Gore will discuss global warming, the depletion of the ozone layer and the destruction of the rainforests with government officials, legislators, businessmen and leaders of academe.
Ambassador Alfonso Yuchengco, presidential adviser on foreign affairs and chairman of the Yuchengco Group of Companies (YGC), said Gore’s visit will help strengthen trade and diplomatic ties with the Philippines. He will host Gore’s visit to Manila.
Yuchengco also expressed confidence the trip will create greater involvement among the local business sector on issues affecting the international community.
Gore served as the 45th vice president under the Clinton administration. He almost defeated US President George W. Bush in the 2000 national elections where he won in the popular count but lost in the electoral colleges.