Ambassador B. Romualdez
Ambassador B. Romualdez
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VFA: It’s not the be-all and end-all
by Ambassador B. Romualdez - February 16, 2020 - 12:00am
With the order of President Duterte to terminate the Visiting Forces Agreement between the Philippines and the United States, along with the reaction of President Trump who said that he is “fine” with...
Revisiting the VFA
by Ambassador B. Romualdez - February 9, 2020 - 12:00am
In 1999, the Philippine Senate deliberated on the Visiting Forces Agreement, at which time President Estrada used his political capital to have it passed, getting his political allies in the Senate to push for its...
Secretary Locsin’s Washington meetings
by Ambassador B. Romualdez - February 2, 2020 - 12:00am
The Washington, D.C. meetings we arranged for Foreign Affairs Secretary Teddy Locsin was, in my view, highly productive and our messaging extremely successful.
A question of sovereignty
by Ambassador B. Romualdez - January 26, 2020 - 12:00am
More than a year ago, I broached the idea with our friend, Deputy National Security Adviser Matt Pottinger, of holding a US-ASEAN special summit.
US-Phl relations: Our key messages
by Ambassador B. Romualdez - January 19, 2020 - 12:00am
I was invited to speak before the Institute of World Politics about Philippines-US relations, and how this relationship plays into the realities and dynamics of ASEAN and the Indo-Pacific.
2020 a critical year: Where are we heading?
by Ambassador B. Romualdez - January 12, 2020 - 12:00am
At the recent Executive Council on Diplomacy luncheon lecture here in Washington, the Financial Times columnist Edward Luce presented his perspectives on issues and anticipated developments in 2020.
US economy: The best it’s ever been
by Ambassador B. Romualdez - January 5, 2020 - 12:00am
A financial analyst told me that the US stock market has just turned many Americans into multimillionaires in the past year alone with the boom in the stock market.
We need to see the forest, not just the trees
by Ambassador B. Romualdez - December 29, 2019 - 12:00am
There’s an old phrase that goes, “missing the forest for the trees” meaning that one may fail to understand the bigger picture if one only sees a part of it.
Phl agriculture: The best is coming
by Ambassador B. Romualdez - December 22, 2019 - 12:00am
The Sulong Pilipinas Agribusiness Summit recently held in Davao City was a great success, with over 500 stakeholders that include business groups and industry leaders taking part in the consultative dialogue to discuss...
MVP: We will work with government
by Ambassador B. Romualdez - December 15, 2019 - 12:00am
Manuel V. Pangilinan, or simply “MVP”, was doing extremely well in Hong Kong where he was based and very successful in managing the First Pacific Company in partnership with the Salim Group, growing a...
Population management, not ‘control’
by Ambassador B. Romualdez - December 8, 2019 - 12:00am
It is sad to see the 2020 budget of the Department of Health for contraceptive implants which have been cleared by the Food and Drug Administration as non-abortifacient being cut by about P200 million.
Gladiators by day, collaborators by night
by Ambassador B. Romualdez - December 1, 2019 - 12:00am
Philippine Hotel Owners Association president Arthur Lopez told me his group has reached out to Tourism Secretary Berna Puyat to inform her that hotel owners are prepared to help in every way they can in trying...
Remembering John F. Kennedy
by Ambassador B. Romualdez - November 24, 2019 - 12:00am
It was a sunny day in Dallas, Texas 56 years ago when around noon of Nov. 22, the young handsome American president was brutally murdered by a supposedly lone gunman, Lee Harvey Oswald.
Veep’s acceptance of ICAD post welcome
by Ambassador B. Romualdez - November 17, 2019 - 12:00am
Vice President Leni Robredo’s bold move in accepting the Inter-agency Committee on Anti-illegal Drugs co-chairmanship is a welcome development that I am certain would provide greater impetus to the government’s...
The evil in men’s hearts
by Ambassador B. Romualdez - November 10, 2019 - 12:00am
It is very unfortunate that there are people who are unable to display compassion for victims of natural disasters simply because they are of a different political persuasion, like what recently happened when a callous...
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