BABE’S EYE VIEW FROM WASHINGTON D.C.
Crisis in America
by Ambassador B. Romualdez - June 7, 2020 - 12:00am
While visiting the United States in 1992, violent protests broke out in Los Angeles.
US-China conflict escalating
by Ambassador B. Romualdez - May 31, 2020 - 12:00am
There is no doubt the animosity between the United States and China is now slowly inching to a dangerous level.
Balik Probinsiya
by Ambassador B. Romualdez - May 24, 2020 - 12:00am
The Balik Probinsiya, Bagong Pagasa program of the Philippine government that encourages Metro Manila residents to go back home to their provinces is starting to take traction, with over 33,000 residents of the National...
Learning from the sins of the past
by Ambassador B. Romualdez - May 17, 2020 - 12:00am
A recent report by a group of public health experts and epidemiologists from the University of California-Berkeley disclosed that people living in urban slum areas are particularly “vulnerable to the contracting...
Humility unites us
by Ambassador B. Romualdez - May 10, 2020 - 12:00am
If there’s anything the COVID-19 pandemic has clearly taught us, it is that life can indeed be but a fleeting moment.
Coronavirus: The good, the bad and the ugly news
by Ambassador B. Romualdez - May 3, 2020 - 12:00am
Last Thursday, I spoke via Zoom as guest speaker at The Asia Foundation’s Southeast Asia Roundtable about US-Philippines relations.
The race for a COVID-19 vaccine
by Ambassador B. Romualdez - April 26, 2020 - 12:00am
Never in the history of the world since 1918 did we ever see a highly contagious virus like this.
We all need self-discipline
by Ambassador B. Romualdez - April 19, 2020 - 12:00am
No one can overemphasize the importance of continuous testing and social distancing which, according to experts, is the only way to slow down the viral infection while there is no vaccine available.
Filipino health workers are outstanding worldwide
by Ambassador B. Romualdez - April 12, 2020 - 12:00am
Over London nationwide television, British journalist and TV personality Piers Morgan said it perfectly when he expressed appreciation for Filipino nurses and healthcare workers in the UK, describing them as “unsung...
Better safe than sorry
by Ambassador B. Romualdez - April 5, 2020 - 12:00am
Presidential Adviser Joey Concepcion is proposing that after April 14, the Luzon-wide enhanced community quarantine should be shifted to selective quarantine in barangays with confirmed COVID-19 cases; allow ag...
Filipino frontliners appreciated all over the world
by Ambassador B. Romualdez - March 29, 2020 - 12:00am
Having come from a family of doctors my father, my mother, my brother and nieces are all in the medical profession I saw firsthand the kind of sacrifices that medical personnel make, and the dedication they put in...
Faith: Light at the end of the tunnel
by Ambassador B. Romualdez - March 22, 2020 - 12:00am
This is probably the worst of times, but many of us believe that there will be light at the end of this tunnel.
Understanding the COVID-19 pandemic
by Ambassador B. Romualdez - March 15, 2020 - 12:00am
People all over the world are beginning to come to terms with the adjustments they have to make in the way they live, work and socialize, with such terms as social distancing, telecommuting and flextime becoming...
Balancing our relationship with the United States and China
by Ambassador B. Romualdez - March 8, 2020 - 12:00am
With the recent developments following the decision of the president to terminate the Visiting Forces Agreement, the challenge now is balancing our relationship with the United States and China.
Coronavirus: Worse than terrorism
by Ambassador B. Romualdez - March 1, 2020 - 12:00am
World Health Organization director-general Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus warned nations against the threat posed by the coronavirus outbreak, saying it can have far more powerful and deadly consequences that are worse...
Illegal immigration: Very alarming
by Ambassador B. Romualdez - February 23, 2020 - 12:00am
The expose made by Senator Risa Hontiveros put the spotlight on the lucrative business that corrupt Bureau of Immigration personnel are making by allowing Chinese tourists who are in a special “list”...
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.
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