BABE’S EYE VIEW FROM WASHINGTON D.C.
AFP budget: The biggest ever
by Babe Romualdez - October 21, 2018 - 12:00am
In the first few months after President Duterte took office, he promised our soldiers that he will modernize our Armed Forces and give them his full support.
Filipino-Americans: A political force
by Babe Romualdez - October 14, 2018 - 12:00am
The Philippines is gearing up for the May 2019 elections with more than 18,000 elective posts for the taking, among them 12 slots for senators, all 243 seats in Congress, 59 for party-list representatives and the...
US will step up FONOPs
by Babe Romualdez - October 7, 2018 - 12:00am
After the “close encounter of the unsafe kind” last week between US Navy destroyer USS Decatur and Chinese destroyer Lanzhou during a freedom of navigation operation (FONOP) conducted by the American...
Destabilization moves set back the economy
by Babe Romualdez - September 30, 2018 - 12:00am
Reports about destabilization moves by groups in the Philippines have reached even Washington, DC, with certain individuals soliciting support from US officials for the ouster of the president.
SND Lorenzana’s Washington visit
by Babe Romualdez - September 23, 2018 - 12:00am
Secretary of National Defense Delfin Lorenzana’s much awaited official visit to Washington, D.C. was extremely fruitful.
Expect more disasters with climate change
by Babe Romualdez - September 16, 2018 - 12:00am
I was invited by the Brigham Young University (BYU) in Provo, Utah to be a guest lecturer before students taking up international studies at the David M. Kennedy Center for International Studies.
ASEAN summit without President Trump
by Babe Romualdez - September 9, 2018 - 12:00am
The White House informed us that US president Donald Trump will not be attending the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) summit in Singapore this November, and will instead send vice president Mike Pence....
US Senator John McCain: A friend of the Philippines
by Babe Romualdez - September 2, 2018 - 12:00am
The remains of US Senator John McCain lay in state at the US Capitol in Washington, D.C. on Friday – an honor given to only a few statesmen requiring a resolution of Congress.
ASEAN: Working toward resilience and sustainability
by Babe Romualdez - August 26, 2018 - 12:00am
In the last regular meeting of the ASEAN Committee in Washington (ACW) with the Philippines as chair, I hosted a forum on environmental policy and public-private cooperation that would, hopefully, provide a deeper...
We need a new airport more than ever
by Babe Romualdez - August 19, 2018 - 12:00am
The nightmare being experienced by thousands of passengers after a Xiamen Air passenger aircraft skidded off runway 06/24 of the Ninoy Aquino International Airport last Thursday continues as of this writing despite...
Paul Laxalt: A friend of the Philippines
by Babe Romualdez - August 12, 2018 - 12:00am
News about the death of former Nevada Senator Paul Laxalt at the age of 96 brings back memories of my days as a broadcast journalist working for RPN Channel 9. Senator Laxalt played a major role in influencing the...
Extradition treaty with the United States
by Babe Romualdez - August 5, 2018 - 12:00am
A friend of mine – a retired FBI special agent now and living in the DC area, told me – if one had to choose two countries where one wouldn’t want to burn bridges, it would be your country of birth...
SONA: No expletives this time FROM WASHINGTON, D.C.
by Babe Romualdez - July 29, 2018 - 12:00am
Secretary Cayetano requested me to extend my official stay in Manila so I could attend the State of the Nation Address (SONA) of the president.
President Duterte’s ultimate vision for the Philippines
by Babe Romualdez - July 22, 2018 - 12:00am
When President Duterte ordered the Boracay closure, many were skeptical.
Charter change information campaign needed
by Babe Romualdez - July 15, 2018 - 12:00am
The draft Charter for a federal government that was approved by the Consultative Committee (Concom) is causing some concern due to uncertainties regarding the transitory provisions.
Show of force at the US Independence Day
by Babe Romualdez - July 8, 2018 - 12:00am
I arrived from Washington, DC last July 2 in time to make it for the 242nd US Independence Day celebration at the Makati Shangri-La ballroom that was jam-packed.
Fil-Am formerly with CIA now with Secretary Pompeo
by Babe Romualdez - July 1, 2018 - 12:00am
Last week, I accompanied Foreign Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano and National Security Adviser Jun Esperon to the US State Department for a meeting with State Secretary Mike Pompeo.
ASEAN influence
by Babe Romualdez - June 24, 2018 - 12:00am
As the current chair of the ASEAN Committee in Washington (ACW), the Philippines has been hosting several meetings and events to foster closer ties with fellow ambassadors from Association of Southeast Asian Nations...
We had a successful Independence Day celebration
by Babe Romualdez - June 17, 2018 - 12:00am
Our 120th anniversary Independence Day celebration last June 12 was a huge success at the Trump International Hotel in Washington, D.C. Since I had the option of choosing the venue because I had my personal Philippine...
The Kims have it
by Babe Romualdez - June 10, 2018 - 12:00am
When I first met US Ambassador to the Philippines Sung Kim, I asked if he was related to Aaron Kim, a venture capitalist whom I met many years ago when I was living in the-united States. He jokingly answered, “All...
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