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Commentary by Ambassador Sung Kim: Returning the bells

COMMENTARY Returning the bells By: US Ambassador to the Philippines Sung Kim – December 12, 2018 Yesterday, a US Air Force plane bearing three historic bells from San Lorenzo de Martir Church in Balangiga landed at Villamor Air Base. These bells were taken 117 years ago; it was my honor …

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Speech of President Rodrigo Duterte During the Turnover of Balangiga Bells

Presidential Communications Operations Office Presidential News Desk Speech of President Rodrigo Roa Duterte During the Turnover of the Balangiga Bells Delivered at Balangiga Auditorium, Balangiga, Eastern Samar, 15 December 2018 Kindly sit down. I was given a choice whether I would give a talk or not. But considering the emotional …

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Marawi Recovery: Livelihood Assistance Program

USPHS implementing partner PDRF hosted the first Marawi Entreprenuers Forum for internally displaced persons from Marawi on July 16, 2018 held at Mindanao State University. The event was made possible through the Department of Trade and Industry, Department of Labor and Employment, local government of Marawi City, Department of Social …

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Ceremonial Address Marking the Return of the Bells of Balangiga to the Philippines

Ceremonial Address Marking the Return of the Bells of Balangiga to the Philippines U.S. Secretary of Defense James N. Mattis Veterans Remembrance Ceremony Warren Air Force Base, Wyoming November 14, 2018 Thanks very much, ladies and gentlemen. The chaplain spoke about peace and unity, and that’s really what we’re here …

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Returning the Bells of Balangiga

On December 11, 2018, at the direction of Secretary James Mattis, the U.S. Department of Defense turned over the three Balangiga bells to the Department of National Defense (DND) of the Philippines at Villamor Air Base, Manila. On Saturday, December 15, the DND turned over the bells to San Lorenzo …

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Unveiling of Markers at Old Philippine Chancery, l-r: Chair Dr. Rene Escalante, Ambassador Jose Manuel G. Romualdez, Executive Director Hank Hendrickson, November 9, Washington DC.
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Old Philippine Embassy Chancery Historical Landmark Designation

November 9, 2018 Remarks by Hank Hendrickson Executive Director, US-Philippines Society Thank you and Good afternoon, Ambassador Romualdez, Chairman Escalante, Acting Director Bhalla, friends from the Embassy, members of the US-Philippines Society, and distinguished guests, including the honorable Michael Klecheski and Richard Blackwood of the State Department. On behalf of …

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Navigating a new chapter in the US-Philippines’ ‘Long Friendship’

October 30, 2018 | By Patrick M. Cronin and Kristine Lee In the Philippines, nearly a year after President Trump first sketched his Free and Open Indo-Pacific policy at the 2017 APEC CEO Summit, uncertainty about how the United States will operationalize its vision lingers. Beijing’s vaunted infusion of capital, …

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US-Philippines Society and Partners to Equip a New Health Facility in Marawi

Washington, D.C. – In early August, the US-Philippines Society, the Project Handclasp Foundation, Philippine Disaster Resilience Foundation and Makati Medical Center Foundation signed a memorandum of agreement to provide health services and educational support to children of families displaced during the 2017 five-month Marawi Siege. This private sector initiative, “Children …

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Filipino Worldview – By Roberto R. Romulo: Huge step towards disaster resilience

The Philippine Star August 3, 2018 President Duterte’s earnest call for Congress to pass a law creating a Department of Disaster Resilience during his 3rd State of the Nation Address (SONA) is hopefully the start of a serious effort to address our country’s inadequate disaster management capabilities. The President had …

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