BABE’S EYE VIEW FROM WASHINGTON D.C.
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.
Right wing nationalist leaders
by Babe Romualdez - November 4, 2018 - 12:00am
The recent election of Jair Bolsonaro as the next president of Brazil indicates a global trend where the electorate are more and more inclined to choose right wing nationalist candidates sometimes described as “disruptors...
‘Memories should never die; we will never let them fade away’
by Babe Romualdez - October 28, 2018 - 12:00am
Last Oct. 20, I traveled to Norfolk, Virginia to commemorate the 74th anniversary of General Douglas MacArthur’s landing in Leyte.
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...
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