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BABE’S EYE VIEW FROM WASHINGTON D.C.
2,000 overseas Filipinos in the Bahamas
by Ambassador B. Romualdez - March 26, 2023 - 12:00am
As early as 2018, shortly after I arrived in Washington, DC, we had been planning to present my credentials to countries in the Caribbean where I am also the ambassador.
Senator Escudero statements about EDCA are spot on
by Ambassador B. Romualdez - March 19, 2023 - 12:00am
“We have every right, as with China and any sovereign nation, to pursue a foreign policy that serves our national interest and should not be cowed by such threats which I do not consider friendly at all…...
Talented Filipino-American artists shine in Washington, DC
by Ambassador B. Romualdez - March 12, 2023 - 12:00am
The other Saturday, we were invited to watch the world premiere of “The Mortification of Fovea Munson” at the iconic John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts Family Theater.
We should all be on the right side of history
by Ambassador B. Romualdez - March 5, 2023 - 12:00am
Some of our senators who are still doubtful about the decision of President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. to allow new Enhanced Defense Cooperation Agreement sites should realize that now, more than ever, we need to strengthen...
Crossing the ‘laser’ thin line: A growing support for joint maritime patrols
by Ambassador B. Romualdez - February 26, 2023 - 12:00am
The decision of President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. to expand the Enhanced Defense Cooperation Agreement with the addition of four locations and the resumption of joint maritime patrols in the South China Sea with the...
Filipino patience running out over China’s latest incursion
by Ambassador B. Romualdez - February 19, 2023 - 12:00am
Over the years, there have been numerous incidents of harassment and intimidation by the Chinese Coast Guard against Philippine vessels, like last Dec. 17 when CCG vessel 5205 sailed dangerously close to a boat delivering...
90% of Filipinos agree on EDCA expansion and joint maritime patrols
by Ambassador B. Romualdez - February 12, 2023 - 12:00am
The announcement by the Philippines and the United States about the expansion of the Enhanced Defense Cooperation Agreement with four new locations to be added to the current five sites and the conduct of joint maritime...
Secretary Austin’s visit reinvigorates US-Phl relations
by Ambassador B. Romualdez - February 5, 2023 - 12:00am
No doubt the visit, the 2nd visit in fact of US Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin, underscores the strong partnership between the United States and the Philippines, coming as it is on the heels of the previous high-level...
US-Phl trade relations in high gear
by Ambassador B. Romualdez - January 29, 2023 - 12:00am
We had the opportunity last Wednesday to speak with the members of the American Chamber of Commerce of the Philippines led by its executive director Ebb Hinchliffe and president Frank Thiel.
Reaffirming our commitment to Phl-US relations
by Ambassador B. Romualdez - January 22, 2023 - 12:00am
The four-day 10th Bilateral Strategic Dialogue held in Manila hosted by our Department of Foreign Affairs and Department of National Defense was very successful and productive, with discussions centering on various...
Focusing on economic diplomacy
by Ambassador B. Romualdez - January 15, 2023 - 12:00am
It’s been an extremely busy week for us in Washington, DC as we prepare to host in Manila the Bilateral Strategic Dialogue with the United States.
2023: The world as we see it today
by Ambassador B. Romualdez - January 8, 2023 - 12:00am
Analysts, experts and think tanks especially here in Washington, D.C. are carefully watching the developments in Europe and the Indo-Pacific region particularly because these have created a ripple effect impacting...
2023: A year of economic opportunities for the Philippines
by Ambassador B. Romualdez - January 1, 2023 - 12:00am
The World Health Organization is cautiously optimistic that the COVID-19 pandemic will no longer be a global health emergency by mid next year.
Zelensky’s historic moment
by Ambassador B. Romualdez - December 25, 2022 - 12:00am
It was another moment in history when a number of us members of the diplomatic corps in Washington, DC were invited to the joint session of the US Congress where President Volodymyr Zelensky of Ukraine delivered...
A tidal wave of COVID-19 infections in China?
by Ambassador B. Romualdez - December 18, 2022 - 12:00am
Numerous reports coming out of China seem to indicate an explosion of COVID-19 cases in many parts of the country, including the capital of Beijing.
Ukrainian people: example of valor and courage
by Ambassador B. Romualdez - December 11, 2022 - 12:00am
There is no better example today of valor and courage than the people of Ukraine.
The only direction to take is the right one
by Ambassador B. Romualdez - December 4, 2022 - 12:00am
Highly motivated to do good, President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. continues to enjoy high satisfaction ratings with the latest survey released recently by the OCTA Research Group. Results from the “Tugon ng Masa”...
VP Harris’ high impact Palawan visit
by Ambassador B. Romualdez - November 27, 2022 - 12:00am
There was absolutely no doubt that US Vice President Kamala Harris’ visit to the provincial island of Palawan, where she met with the fisherfolk of Barangay Tagburos in Puerto Princesa City, sent a clear message...
Sandwiched between two major powers
by Ambassador B. Romualdez - November 20, 2022 - 12:00am
Sandwiched between two major powers The upcoming visit of US Vice President Kamala Harris tomorrow to the Philippines brings us right into the center of international attention, most especially with her itinerary...
ASEAN region: Center of attention
by Ambassador B. Romualdez - November 13, 2022 - 12:00am
The flurry of activities in the Southeast Asian region with a series of high-level summits and meetings this whole week only brings into focus the importance of the role that ASEAN plays in the global stage.
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