BABE’S EYE VIEW FROM WASHINGTON D.C.
Political miscalculation
by Babe Romualdez - May 19, 2019 - 12:00am
It is simply pathetic that the political “elite” rode on a campaign message that cast their candidates as the only choice for people who are decent, patriotic, and righteous – and that those who...
‘You cannot fool all the people all the time’
by Babe Romualdez - May 12, 2019 - 12:00am
Elections can bring out either the best or the worst in people.
Midterm elections: Lessons learned
by Babe Romualdez - May 5, 2019 - 12:00am
During the May 2016 presidential elections, the overseas absentee voters’ turnout was at 31.45 percent, or 432,706 votes cast out of 1.37 million registered overseas voters.
The perils of overseas absentee voting
by Babe Romualdez - April 28, 2019 - 12:00am
Over the past few weeks, the Philippine embassy in Washington and the consulates general all over the United States have been conducting awareness and information campaigns encouraging registered Filipino voters...
Elevating Philippines’ economic profile
by Babe Romualdez - April 21, 2019 - 12:00am
The recent Philippine economic briefing in Washington that the Philippine embassy helped organize with the Department of Finance was well attended.
Engaging the US senators
by Babe Romualdez - April 14, 2019 - 12:00am
Several weeks ago, 12 US senators wrote a letter addressed to President Duterte which was sent to the Philippine embassy in Washington.
Overseas Filipino voters
by Babe Romualdez - April 7, 2019 - 12:00am
Our embassy staff met with Commission on Elections Commissioner Antonio Kho Jr. in Washington, D.C. and briefed him on the number of overseas absentee voters in the US for the upcoming Philippine midterm elections...
Reopening our Houston consulate
by Babe Romualdez - March 31, 2019 - 12:00am
The decision to close a number of our embassies and consulates in the past due to “rationalization” – or budget cuts in plain speak – was pure and simple – false economy.
Dallas: A chilling journey back in time
by Babe Romualdez - March 24, 2019 - 12:00am
DALLAS, Texas – On my way to Houston to inaugurate our new Philippine consulate office, I stopped by Dallas to visit the Dealey Plaza Museum, also known as the Texas Depository Museum that serves as a repository...
America’s drug problem
by Babe Romualdez - March 17, 2019 - 12:00am
US authorities interdicted the biggest shipment of cocaine at the port of New York and Newark, New Jersey in the last two decades and a half, with a street value estimated at $77 million.
Japan: The neighbor we should remain close to
by Babe Romualdez - March 10, 2019 - 12:00am
Shortly before heading back to my post, I had dinner with Japanese Ambassador Koji Haneda and his wife, Madam Ihoko.
Pompeo: ‘We have your back’
by Babe Romualdez - March 3, 2019 - 12:00am
During the meeting between President Duterte and US State Secretary Mike Pompeo at the Kalayaan Hall in Villamor Air Base last Thursday and in relation to our Mutual Defense Treaty, the US State Secretary gave these...
PRRD to US visitors: ‘We are your best friend in Asia’
by Babe Romualdez - February 24, 2019 - 12:00am
Rarely do we see four former US Ambassadors to the Philippines visiting the country all at the same time.
Updating the MDT
by Babe Romualdez - February 17, 2019 - 12:00am
Last year, Defense Secretary Del Lorenzana proposed the idea of reviewing the 1951 Mutual Defense Treaty (MDT) between the Philippines and the United States in light of the growing tension between the US and China,...
The terrorism-drugs nexus
by Babe Romualdez - February 10, 2019 - 12:00am
Just very recently as head of the Philippine delegation, I attended the “Global Coalition to Defeat ISIS” ministers’ meeting held at the US State Department.
A three-bell gesture affirms people-to-people ties with the Philippines
by Babe Romualdez - February 3, 2019 - 12:00am
I am pleased to feature today an op-ed piece written by Ambassador John D. Negroponte, on the recent return of the Balangiga Bells to the Philippines and its significance with regard to US-Philippines relations...
A tribute to Henry Sy Sr.
by Babe Romualdez - January 27, 2019 - 12:00am
"You have to have a dream, whether big or small. Then plan, focus, work hard and be very determined to achieve your goals.”
PPP: Perennial Passport Problem
by Babe Romualdez - January 20, 2019 - 12:00am
Even before joining the Department of Foreign Affairs, I have already been hearing about numerous problems that people encounter when they apply for passports.
US visa programs under scrutiny
by Babe Romualdez - January 13, 2019 - 12:00am
The US government is now on its third week of a partial shutdown – with indications that this could become the longest shutdown ever – but the impasse continues over the unwavering stance of President...
No dull moment in Washington
by Babe Romualdez - January 6, 2019 - 12:00am
Diplomats in Washington, D.C. are all watching developments unfold following the partial US government shutdown that began last Dec. 22 and is now on its second week as of this writing, with Washington virtually...
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