BABE’S EYE VIEW FROM WASHINGTON D.C.
Population management, not ‘control’
by Ambassador B. Romualdez - December 8, 2019 - 12:00am
It is sad to see the 2020 budget of the Department of Health for contraceptive implants which have been cleared by the Food and Drug Administration as non-abortifacient being cut by about P200 million.
Gladiators by day, collaborators by night
by Ambassador B. Romualdez - December 1, 2019 - 12:00am
Philippine Hotel Owners Association president Arthur Lopez told me his group has reached out to Tourism Secretary Berna Puyat to inform her that hotel owners are prepared to help in every way they can in trying...
Remembering John F. Kennedy
by Ambassador B. Romualdez - November 24, 2019 - 12:00am
It was a sunny day in Dallas, Texas 56 years ago when around noon of Nov. 22, the young handsome American president was brutally murdered by a supposedly lone gunman, Lee Harvey Oswald.
Veep’s acceptance of ICAD post welcome
by Ambassador B. Romualdez - November 17, 2019 - 12:00am
Vice President Leni Robredo’s bold move in accepting the Inter-agency Committee on Anti-illegal Drugs co-chairmanship is a welcome development that I am certain would provide greater impetus to the government’s...
The evil in men’s hearts
by Ambassador B. Romualdez - November 10, 2019 - 12:00am
It is very unfortunate that there are people who are unable to display compassion for victims of natural disasters simply because they are of a different political persuasion, like what recently happened when a callous...
Drugs: A worldwide threat
by Babe Romualdez - October 27, 2019 - 12:00am
In 2016, Americans spent $150 billion on illegal drugs that include cocaine, marijuana, heroin and methamphetamine, with the death toll due to drug overdose reaching 64,000 for that year alone.
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...
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