Obama to visit Philippines in Oct.

U.S. President Barack Obama will visit the Philippines next month to hold talks with his Philippine counterpart about ways of boosting Washington's ties with Manila, a Philippine official said Saturday.

Edwin Lacierda, spokesman of President Benigno Aquino, said Obama will visit Manila on Oct. 11-12 on Aquino's invitation.

"President Obama will meet President Aquino to discuss ways to further strengthen the enduring Philippines-U.S. alliance, including the expansion of our security, economic, and people-to-people ties," Lacierda said.