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...
Economic diplomacy
by Babe Romualdez - December 30, 2018 - 12:00am
Even before taking up the post of Philippine Ambassador to Washington, D.C., we have already been assisting our economic team, headed by Finance Secretary Sonny Dominguez, in promoting the Duterte administration’s...
Better safe than sorry
by Babe Romualdez - December 23, 2018 - 12:00am
I was informed about the upcoming notice from the US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) regarding security issues at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) following the 90-day security assessment conducted...
Two excellent Defense secretaries
by Babe Romualdez - December 16, 2018 - 12:00am
The formal return of the Balangiga bells in Eastern Samar yesterday – 117 years after they were taken by American soldiers as war booty in the aftermath of the Balangiga attack on September 28, 1901 –...
George Herbert Walker Bush
by Babe Romualdez - December 9, 2018 - 12:00am
When George Herbert Walker Bush addressed Americans for the first time as president of the most powerful nation on earth on Jan. 20, 1989, he called on “friends in the loyal opposition” to rise above...
Judicial reform: You lose, you pay
by Babe Romualdez - December 2, 2018 - 12:00am
It was good to meet the new Supreme Court Chief Justice last month when I hosted a luncheon for the Philippine delegates to the US Legal Aid Clinic Learning Visit in Washington, D.C.
US-China rivalry: ASEAN unity needed
by Babe Romualdez - November 25, 2018 - 12:00am
At the close of the recent Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) summit hosted by Singapore, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong said that while it is desirable for one not to take sides, “circumstances...
Christmas bells for Balangiga
by Babe Romualdez - November 18, 2018 - 12:00am
It was at a closed-door meeting which I attended during the October 2017 ASEAN Defense Ministers’ Conference hosted by the Philippines in Clark, Pampanga that President Duterte took up the Balangiga Bells with...
Trump’s triumph
by Babe Romualdez - November 11, 2018 - 12:00am
From the very start, President Donald Trump’s message has revolved around immigration reforms, proposing sweeping changes aimed at curbing the entry of illegals to the United States.
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