Duterte’s security concern is real
by Babe Romualdez - July 14, 2019 - 12:00am
Shortly after the five-month long Marawi siege in 2017 that resulted in the death of the ISIS-affiliated former Abu Sayyaf Group leader Isnilon Hapilon, along with over 900 terrorists that included foreign extremists,...
US: ‘We will never divorce’
by Babe Romualdez - July 7, 2019 - 12:00am
In one of my regular engagements with key people from the US Defense and State Departments, one of the officials from the Department of Defense half-jokingly told me: “We will never give you a divorce.”...
Filipino cuisine gaining popularity in the US
by Babe Romualdez - June 30, 2019 - 12:00am
More people in the United States are now interested in tasting Filipino cuisine.
Maraming salamat, Vietnam!
by Babe Romualdez - June 23, 2019 - 12:00am
One of my ASEAN colleagues who made an extra effort to attend our Philippine Independence Day diplomatic reception held at the Kennedy Center (see photos in This Week on PeopleAsia at the Allure section of the Philippine...
Philippine Independence Day in Washington
by Babe Romualdez - June 16, 2019 - 12:00am
We commemorated the Philippine Independence Day in Washington, D.C. at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, with a reception for 422 confirmed guests composed of Philippine and US government officials, members...
The long road to independence
by Babe Romualdez - June 9, 2019 - 12:00am
121 years ago, we declared our independence from Spanish colonial rule, cementing our place in history as the first republic in Asia.
The next 3 years: ‘The best is yet to come’
by Babe Romualdez - June 2, 2019 - 12:00am
What seemed inconceivable for some skeptics in seeing how President Duterte’s drug war could translate to economic prosperity is now coming into fruition.
Digital overseas voting: Use it or lose it
by Babe Romualdez - May 26, 2019 - 12:00am
If anything, with the kind of resources we spent for the midterm elections – only to have a very low turnout of overseas voters – it’s about time we reviewed the absentee voting system.
Political miscalculation
by Babe Romualdez - May 19, 2019 - 12:00am
It is simply pathetic that the political “elite” rode on a campaign message that cast their candidates as the only choice for people who are decent, patriotic, and righteous – and that those who...
‘You cannot fool all the people all the time’
by Babe Romualdez - May 12, 2019 - 12:00am
Elections can bring out either the best or the worst in people.
Midterm elections: Lessons learned
by Babe Romualdez - May 5, 2019 - 12:00am
During the May 2016 presidential elections, the overseas absentee voters’ turnout was at 31.45 percent, or 432,706 votes cast out of 1.37 million registered overseas voters.
The perils of overseas absentee voting
by Babe Romualdez - April 28, 2019 - 12:00am
Over the past few weeks, the Philippine embassy in Washington and the consulates general all over the United States have been conducting awareness and information campaigns encouraging registered Filipino voters...
Elevating Philippines’ economic profile
by Babe Romualdez - April 21, 2019 - 12:00am
The recent Philippine economic briefing in Washington that the Philippine embassy helped organize with the Department of Finance was well attended.
Engaging the US senators
by Babe Romualdez - April 14, 2019 - 12:00am
Several weeks ago, 12 US senators wrote a letter addressed to President Duterte which was sent to the Philippine embassy in Washington.
Overseas Filipino voters
by Babe Romualdez - April 7, 2019 - 12:00am
Our embassy staff met with Commission on Elections Commissioner Antonio Kho Jr. in Washington, D.C. and briefed him on the number of overseas absentee voters in the US for the upcoming Philippine midterm elections...
Reopening our Houston consulate
by Babe Romualdez - March 31, 2019 - 12:00am
The decision to close a number of our embassies and consulates in the past due to “rationalization” – or budget cuts in plain speak – was pure and simple – false economy.
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...
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