BABE’S EYE VIEW FROM WASHINGTON D.C.
The real challenge: How to solve Metro Manila’s worsening traffic
by Babe Romualdez - October 20, 2019 - 12:00am
Over the past two years since I took on the job as Philippine Ambassador to the United States, I have noticed a substantial increase in the amount of time it takes to travel from one destination to another, particularly...
New presidential aircraft: It’s about time
by Babe Romualdez - October 13, 2019 - 12:00am
As always, the usual suspects who are criticizing the government’s purchase of a Gulfstream G280 as being unnecessary miss the whole point.
President Duterte’s foreign policy speech BABE’S EYE VIEW FROM WASHINGTON, D.C.
by Babe Romualdez - October 6, 2019 - 12:00am
In a powerful speech at the Valdai Forum in Sochi, Russia, President Duterte outlined the essence of his independent foreign policy in unequivocal terms when he said:
New York frenzy: UN General Assembly
by Babe Romualdez - September 29, 2019 - 12:00am
If there is one time that New Yorkers hate New York, it’s that time of the year when “the city that never sleeps” goes into a frenzy with almost all heads of state plus delegates and diplomats attending...
The drug problem: Our biggest curse
by Babe Romualdez - September 22, 2019 - 12:00am
Early on, President Duterte’s war against illegal drugs stirred a lot of controversy especially among his critics.
Why Vietnam’s economy is surging ahead
by Babe Romualdez - September 15, 2019 - 12:00am
In 1986, Vietnam decided to launch economic and political reforms that would enable the country to transform from a centralized economy into a socialist-oriented market economy.
Our best asset: Overseas Filipinos
by Babe Romualdez - September 8, 2019 - 12:00am
When I assumed my post as Philippine ambassador to the United States...
China watch
by Babe Romualdez - September 1, 2019 - 12:00am
Senator Dan Sullivan, a leading Republican Senator from Alaska, invited me to his State for meetings and engagements with businessmen, leaders of the Fil-Am community, university students as well as local officials...
Mass outrage
by Babe Romualdez - August 25, 2019 - 12:00am
In Washington, D.C., we monitor all the news about the Philippines and around the world.
Tightening US-Philippines relations
by Babe Romualdez - August 18, 2019 - 12:00am
The recent signing of a memorandum of understanding (MOU) between the United States and the Philippines to establish a state-of-the art Regional Counterterrorism Training Center in Cavite City is another example...
US military mightier than ever
by Babe Romualdez - August 11, 2019 - 12:00am
At the advent of the Trump administration, the US president launched what he described as “the greatest rebuilding of the US Armed Forces,” promising to increase the size of the US Army to about 540,000...
US elections: The world is watching
by Babe Romualdez - August 4, 2019 - 12:00am
If anything, the whole world is closely watching the political discourse in the US, with prospective candidates from the Democratic party gearing up this early in challenging Donald Trump for the 2020 presidential...
Balancing job creation and the SOT bill
by Babe Romualdez - July 28, 2019 - 12:00am
As expected, the president’s decision to veto the Security of Tenure (SOT) bill was criticized by anti-Duterte groups as being anti-labor, claiming he reneged on his campaign promise.
US says: ‘Don’t forget your old friend’
by Babe Romualdez - July 21, 2019 - 12:00am
In a New York Times article titled, “As Duterte Courts China, US Says Don’t Forget Your Old Friend,” it referenced the discussions during the recently concluded 8th Bilateral Strategic Dialogue...
Duterte’s security concern is real
by Babe Romualdez - July 14, 2019 - 12:00am
Shortly after the five-month long Marawi siege in 2017 that resulted in the death of the ISIS-affiliated former Abu Sayyaf Group leader Isnilon Hapilon, along with over 900 terrorists that included foreign extremists,...
US: ‘We will never divorce’
by Babe Romualdez - July 7, 2019 - 12:00am
In one of my regular engagements with key people from the US Defense and State Departments, one of the officials from the Department of Defense half-jokingly told me: “We will never give you a divorce.”...
Filipino cuisine gaining popularity in the US
by Babe Romualdez - June 30, 2019 - 12:00am
More people in the United States are now interested in tasting Filipino cuisine.
Maraming salamat, Vietnam!
by Babe Romualdez - June 23, 2019 - 12:00am
One of my ASEAN colleagues who made an extra effort to attend our Philippine Independence Day diplomatic reception held at the Kennedy Center (see photos in This Week on PeopleAsia at the Allure section of the Philippine...
Philippine Independence Day in Washington
by Babe Romualdez - June 16, 2019 - 12:00am
We commemorated the Philippine Independence Day in Washington, D.C. at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, with a reception for 422 confirmed guests composed of Philippine and US government officials, members...
The long road to independence
by Babe Romualdez - June 9, 2019 - 12:00am
121 years ago, we declared our independence from Spanish colonial rule, cementing our place in history as the first republic in Asia.
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