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BABE’S EYE VIEW FROM WASHINGTON D.C.
US fully committed to the MDT
by Ambassador B. Romualdez - May 9, 2021 - 12:00am
During my lunch meeting with White House National Security Council officials, it was made clear the United States will stand by its commitment with our mutual defense treaty.
We will forge ahead in getting our vaccines
by Ambassador B. Romualdez - May 2, 2021 - 12:00am
As far as our work in Washington is concerned, our top priority is to tirelessly work in getting as much as possible all the vaccines we need for our country now and in the future.
Unity in time of crisis
by Ambassador B. Romualdez - April 25, 2021 - 12:00am
It is truly heartwarming to receive very positive and encouraging feedback to our call for unity from various Filipino-American organizations here in the US, who are now calling for the early delivery of COVID-19...
Positive news amidst difficulties
by Ambassador B. Romualdez - April 18, 2021 - 12:00am
What’s happening in many parts of Europe is showing us that the COVID-19 pandemic is not going away anytime soon, with countries such as France, Italy and Germany imposing lockdowns due to the continued high...
Fil-Ams unite
by Ambassador B. Romualdez - April 11, 2021 - 12:00am
I was extremely pleased to learn that a number of Filipino-Americans as well as Filipino-American associations have reached out to us at the Philippine embassy in Washington, DC, wanting to help our country and our...
Update on vaccines
by Ambassador B. Romualdez - April 4, 2021 - 12:00am
We are very much aware of the critical COVID-19 situation in our country, and are now working double time in pressing for early deliveries of the Moderna vaccines with the supply agreement we signed a month ago...
The world needs 3.5 billion vaccine doses today, not tomorrow
by Ambassador B. Romualdez - March 28, 2021 - 12:00am
More than nuclear proliferation, territorial disputes, trade imbalance between economic giants and all other issues that can be controlled by man, what all nations should be concentrating on with a greater sense...
We should listen to facts, not false stories
by Ambassador B. Romualdez - March 21, 2021 - 12:00am
Some individuals circulating messages filled with half-truths or making totally false claims are only exacerbating the situation they are fueling fear and anxiety, and causing depression for our frontliners and people...
We are still in a crisis; set politics aside for now
by Ambassador B. Romualdez - March 14, 2021 - 12:00am
Last year’s Nov. 3 US elections and the politics that went with the issue of wearing masks (or not) undoubtedly contributed to the surge of the coronavirus infections here in the United States.
Increasing racial hate crimes
by Ambassador B. Romualdez - March 7, 2021 - 12:00am
The rising incidents of violence against Asian-Americans in the United States, particularly those that involve Filipino-Americans, have become alarming that we were compelled to send a note verbale to the State Department...
Anxiety over vaccine delays
by Ambassador B. Romualdez - February 28, 2021 - 12:00am
During the past week, I received a number of calls coming from many of our friends and other people in general, all anxious about when the vaccines will arrive in the Philippines.
Strengthening our faith
by Ambassador B. Romualdez - February 21, 2021 - 12:00am
To Christians all over the world, Ash Wednesday ushers in the Season of Lent, with the Holy Week observed to remember the death and resurrection of Christ.
MDT 70 years after: What does it mean today?
by Ambassador B. Romualdez - February 14, 2021 - 12:00am
On Aug. 30, 1951, the United States and the Philippines signed the Mutual Defense Treaty, the one and only – as well as the longest running – defense treaty that the Philippines has ever made with any...
Getting ready for the vaccine rollout
by Ambassador B. Romualdez - February 7, 2021 - 12:00am
Vaccine czar Secretary Charlie Galvez, whom I have been in touch with regularly over the past couple of months, told me our country will be ready to roll out 108 million vaccine doses from five pharmaceutical companies...
Biden administration: Prospects for Phl-US relations
by Ambassador B. Romualdez - January 31, 2021 - 12:00am
The other night, I was invited to the “2021 Prospects for the Philippines” online forum organized by the Foreign Correspondents Association of the Philippines, where I spoke on the prospects for Philippines-United...
President Biden: The second Catholic US president
by Ambassador B. Romualdez - January 24, 2021 - 12:00am
On Jan. 20, 1961, John F. Kennedy made history when he became the first Catholic president of the United States a seemingly impossible feat because of the strong “anti-Catholic prejudice” in America at...
To live or not to live
by Ambassador B. Romualdez - January 17, 2021 - 12:00am
When English country doctor Edward Jenner inoculated the 8-year-old son of his gardener with cowpox in 1796, little did he know that his experiment would result in a great scientific milestone that would revolutionize...
America’s democracy tested
by Ambassador B. Romualdez - January 10, 2021 - 12:00am
The world was stunned to see the chaos and violence that erupted when supporters of President Donald Trump laid siege to the Capitol Building while the US Congress was holding a joint session to count the Electoral...
Turkish couple developed the brand name vaccine
by Ambassador B. Romualdez - January 3, 2021 - 12:00am
Until a few months ago, not very many people have ever heard of Ugur Sahin and Ozlem Tureci, the doctors responsible for the development of a vaccine codenamed “BNT162b2” or what the whole world has now...
Back on track
by Ambassador B. Romualdez - December 27, 2020 - 12:00am
With clear instructions from President Duterte that anything that has to do with vaccine procurement begins and ends on COVID task force chief General Carlito Galvez’s desk, we can now all be assured that we...
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