BABE’S EYE VIEW FROM WASHINGTON D.C.
A conversation with Georgetown University students
by Ambassador B. Romualdez - October 25, 2020 - 12:00am
Last Wednesday, I had a virtual conversation with students of the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University.
Vaccine: Getting close to the finish line
by Ambassador B. Romualdez - October 18, 2020 - 12:00am
Presidential spokesman Harry Roque’s statement that “the pandemic is about to end” when some vaccine makers expressed interest to conduct clinical trials in the Philippines may sound overly optimistic...
Speakership: The President’s call must be heeded
by Ambassador B. Romualdez - October 11, 2020 - 12:00am
In the history of politics, there have been a number of instances where agreements were not honored, especially when it comes to the lower house of Congress.
World economic rebound projected in 2021
by Ambassador B. Romualdez - October 4, 2020 - 12:00am
A few days ago, I had a conversation with an old friend of mine, a very astute and brilliant financial analyst who used to do consultancy work for the World Bank.
Worldwide vaccine distribution is forthcoming
by Ambassador B. Romualdez - September 27, 2020 - 12:00am
President Duterte’s very first speech at the United Nations General Assembly last Tuesday has caught global attention, with many lauding it for being direct to the point and cohesive, tackling many issues that...
US-China relations spiraling downward
by Ambassador B. Romualdez - September 20, 2020 - 12:00am
The refusal of Chinese Communist Party-owned People’s Daily to run an op-ed written by outgoing US Ambassador to China Terry Branstad is just one more indication of the rapidly deteriorating relations between...
Presidential prerogative
by Ambassador B. Romualdez - September 13, 2020 - 12:00am
Foreign Affairs Secretary Teddy Boy Locsin and outgoing US Ambassador Sung Kim, who made his farewell call at Malacañang last Monday, were both caught by surprise when the President decided to just cut through...
Good news amid the crisis
by Ambassador B. Romualdez - September 6, 2020 - 12:00am
For those who have practiced patience so they don’t end up being a patient, we are pleased to bring good news amid this coronavirus pandemic.
Bombings, pandemic, Chinese incursions — how many more problems do we need?
by Ambassador B. Romualdez - August 30, 2020 - 12:00am
The twin bombings in Jolo carried out by female suicide bombers, killing 17 people and wounding 75 others, simply shows us how volatile the situation in Mindanao is – with terrorists taking advantage of the...
Rumor-mongering will only worsen our situation
by Ambassador B. Romualdez - August 23, 2020 - 12:00am
The Philippine rumor mill went on overdrive last week when stories started circulating in private chat groups and social media that President Duterte was flown to Singapore in a medical aircraft, with a screenshot...
The cancer in PhilHealth
by Ambassador B. Romualdez - August 16, 2020 - 12:00am
As far back as six years ago, I was already getting anonymous text messages about a syndicate operating in the Philippine Health Insurance Corporation.
COVID fatigue
by Ambassador B. Romualdez - August 9, 2020 - 12:00am
We all must face the fact that seven months into this pandemic, almost everyone in the world is suffering from mental and emotional stress, experiencing fear, anxiety, depression, frustration and anger.
Vaccine: Only a few months away
by Ambassador B. Romualdez - August 2, 2020 - 12:00am
We were extremely sad to hear about so many people we know, and some even friends or acquaintances, who have passed away due to COVID-19.
Deteriorating US-China relations: How did it come to this?
by Ambassador B. Romualdez - July 26, 2020 - 12:00am
In a number of webinars and online forums I have been attending that tackle US-China relations, the general American sentiment on China’s unfair trade practices against the US, its increasing belligerence and...
US policy shift simply reaffirms what we have been saying
by Ambassador B. Romualdez - July 19, 2020 - 12:00am
For years now, China has been engaged in massive reclamation activities in the disputed maritime territories in the Spratly Islands in particular Panganiban Reef (Mischief Reef), Kagitingan Reef (Fiery Cross Reef),...
Making it to the finish line: A vaccine is coming
by Ambassador B. Romualdez - July 12, 2020 - 12:00am
As the race to develop a vaccine is getting close to the finish line, health experts all over the world continue to study the infection pattern and the transmission path of COVID-19 – with new waves of infection...
Opening up the economy: We must proceed with caution
by Ambassador B. Romualdez - July 5, 2020 - 12:00am
Secretary Sonny Dominguez is strongly recommending that we must make a firm decision in opening up the economy sooner than soon to prevent an economic collapse and save jobs.
Patience to live or anxious to die
by Ambassador B. Romualdez - June 28, 2020 - 12:00am
Undoubtedly, what is happening here in the United States is alarming.
Par for the course
by Ambassador B. Romualdez - June 21, 2020 - 12:00am
One of the complaints of people who have been the subject of negative news is that their reply or clarification even an erratum from the publication is usually “buried” in the back pages or in obscure...
What independence should mean to us
by Ambassador B. Romualdez - June 14, 2020 - 12:00am
Every June 12, we commemorate that day when the Philippine flag was unfurled in Cavite, proudly flying as we declared our independence from Spanish colonial rule.
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