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Manila Signals Focus on Economic Buildup, Downplays Tensions on Sea

Voice of America News By Natalie Lui December 24, 2017 WASHINGTON — In his newly unveiled National Security Strategy, U.S. President Donald Trump vows to “ensure the balance of power remains in America’s favor in key regions of the world.” The Indo-Pacific led the list of “key regions” identified by …

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2017 Philippines in Review: Strong Growth, Robust Partnerships, Solid Prospects

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Philippine Ambassador to the U.S. Jose Manuel G. Romualdez delivered a comprehensive year-end report on developments during the first full year of the Duterte Administration to a large audience held on 18 December 2017 at the Philippine Embassy’s Romulo Hall, co-sponsored by the US-Philippines Society. Ambassador Romualdez’ …

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Philippine Ambassador to the United States Jose Manuel Romualdez

WASHINGTON, D.C.- New Philippine Ambassador Jose Manuel Romualdez presented his credentials to President Donald Trump at the White House on November 29. He then took part in the November 30 US-Philippines Bilateral Strategic Dialogue that included a wide-ranging year-end review of security and economic issues. US-Philippines Society leaders extended their …

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Joint Statement between the United States of America and the Republic of the Philippines

The White House Office of the Press Secretary November 13, 2017 U.S. President Donald J. Trump and Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte met in Manila, Philippines on November 13, 2017, to discuss a broad range of shared interests and priorities. Both leaders praised the enduring United States-Philippines Alliance, built on a …

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Perspectives on the Marawi Crisis

WASHINGTON, D.C.- A November 3 Roundtable Seminar on the Marawi Crisis addressed factors leading to initial militant success, cited additional examples of recent ISIS-inspired activities in the southern Philippines, parallels with ISIS operations in the Middle East, and the daunting economic, psycho-social, and security challenges ahead. Aleem Siddiqui Guiapal, Executive …

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ASEAN 2017 Summit Preview as the United States Reaffirms Commitment to Allies and Partners

WASHINGTON, D.C.- At a October 31 forum, “A Preview of U.S. and Philippine Priorities for the 2017 ASEAN and East Asia Summits,” Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Southeast Asia Patrick Murphy offered insights into the administration’s goals for the upcoming Asean and East Asia Summits as President Trump embarks …

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Eisner’s Book Documents Deep Personal Bonds and Shared Risks Between Americans and Filipinos During World War II

WASHINGTON, D.C.- On September 29, academicians, historians, and US-Philippines Society members attended author Peter Eisner’s presentation of his most recent book, “MacArthur’s Spies: The Soldier, the Singer, and the Spymaster Who Defied the Japanese in World War II.” The book is based on real-life characters and events during the Japanese-occupation. …

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Foreign Secretary Cayetano and the US-Philippines Society: Highlighting Strong Bonds Between PH, US

WASHINGTON, D.C. and NEW YORK CITY – The US-Philippines Society board held a luncheon meeting with visiting Secretary of Foreign Affairs Alan Peter S. Cayetano on 27 September in Washington, D.C. The meeting was hosted by Co-Chair Ambassador John Negroponte and attended by DC-based Society Directors, led by Society President …

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The Philippine Madrigal Singers in Concert to Support Victims of Hurricane Harvey

WASHINGTON, D.C.- On September 21, over four hundred parishioners and guests gathered in the historic Cathedral of St. Matthew the Apostle to attend a Eucharistic mass celebrating the patronal feast day of St. Matthew the Apostle and a benefit concert in support of recovery efforts in Houston, Texas. The church, …

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Marawi Update 09/07: Medical Team Provides Assistance To 1,200 Evacuees

ILIGAN CITY, PHILIPPINES – Over three days in early August, 1,200 Marawi evacuees were evaluated and treated by a team of 60 medical staff of the Makati Medical Center and logistics support volunteers at Iligan’s Adventist Medical Center. Doctors also performed surgery on needy patients at a government-run city hospital caring …

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