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BABE’S EYE VIEW FROM WASHINGTON D.C.
Australia: An important and critical ally
by Ambassador B. Romualdez - March 3, 2024 - 12:00am
The official visit of President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. to Canberra underscores the ever-important alliance between the Philippines and Australia – the only other country aside from the United States with whom...
The country is gearing up for more investments
by Ambassador B. Romualdez - February 25, 2024 - 12:00am
As I have repeatedly said on several occasions, the unprecedented interest in the Philippines has grown exponentially, particularly from the Western world, ever since Ferdinand Marcos Jr. became president.
US-Phl-Japan trilateral security cooperation essential
by Ambassador B. Romualdez - February 18, 2024 - 12:00am
During the state visit of Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida to the Philippines last November where he delivered a speech before a joint session of Congress, he highlighted the trilateral cooperation between the...
The world is watching: US election developments
by Ambassador B. Romualdez - February 11, 2024 - 12:00am
In the coming months, close to 60 countries will be having elections, but none as consequential as the elections in the United States.
Let’s hope we don’t get left behind again
by Ambassador B. Romualdez - February 4, 2024 - 12:00am
Whenever there is a new administration, there is always that hope that things will get better.
Charter change: Only the economic provisions should be included
by Ambassador B. Romualdez - January 28, 2024 - 12:00am
So much controversy is being unnecessarily generated with this Charter change issue but in reality, changes to the overly protectionist economic provisions in the 1987 Constitution should be debated upon because...
Hullabaloo over nothing
by Ambassador B. Romualdez - January 21, 2024 - 12:00am
Most countries continue to recognize the One China Policy, and so do we.
PBBM – our super top diplomat
by Ambassador B. Romualdez - January 14, 2024 - 12:00am
Professor Richard Heydarian, a widely read and respected columnist, wrote an opinion piece that in essence articulated some of the many things I had wanted to write about President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. and how he...
Asean statement on South China Sea: the right step forward
by Ambassador B. Romualdez - January 7, 2024 - 12:00am
In what is seen by many as an unprecedented move, the foreign ministers of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations issued a stand-alone statement expressing concern about the developments in the South China Sea...
Our yearend report from the US
by Ambassador B. Romualdez - December 31, 2023 - 12:00am
Since moving to Washington, DC, it has become a tradition for me to give a report to our Fil-Am community and potential US investors in the United States on what our embassy has done over the past year, specifically...
Merry Christ-mask season
by Ambassador B. Romualdez - December 24, 2023 - 12:00am
It’s the season to be jolly once again but unfortunately, Covid is still very much around us, especially during the Christmas season.
West Philippine Sea: The President is undeterred
by Ambassador B. Romualdez - December 17, 2023 - 12:00am
By now, everyone knows how determined the President is in protecting our maritime territory and sovereign rights as clearly articulated in his latest statement – posted on his social media accounts for the...
Blue tagging vs red tagging
by Ambassador B. Romualdez - December 10, 2023 - 12:00am
Philippine Coast Guard spokesperson Commodore Jay Tarriela is now being subjected to “blue tagging” – a term we coined for individuals labeled as supposedly being pro-America or worse, CIA agents...
The iconic Henry Kissinger
by Ambassador B. Romualdez - December 3, 2023 - 12:00am
The passing of former US State Secretary Henry Kissinger last Wednesday at the age of 100 drew diverse reactions across the globe.
60 years after JFK’s death
by Ambassador B. Romualdez - November 26, 2023 - 12:00am
It has been 60 years since the death of US president John F. Kennedy, but his words during his inaugural address best describe the relationship we have with the United States today when he addressed the world: “My...
What APEC means for all of us
by Ambassador B. Romualdez - November 19, 2023 - 12:00am
No matter what some people may think, there is no doubt presidential trips, in my view, are extremely important considering we live in an ever-evolving global village where barriers to economic growth and development...
The end of panda diplomacy
by Ambassador B. Romualdez - November 12, 2023 - 12:00am
After 23 years, the beloved giant pandas known as Mei Xiang and Tian Tian – along with their three-year-old cub named Xiao Qi Ji – have left the Smithsonian’s National Zoo in Washington, DC and...
Worldwide concern for Israel-Hamas war increasing rapidly
by Ambassador B. Romualdez - November 5, 2023 - 12:00am
Videos and images of the atrocities committed by the Palestinian militant group Hamas when it launched a deadly attack on Israeli communities near the Gaza Strip on Oct. 7 are horrific and appalling – with...
Who’s poking who – the Philippine carabao or the Chinese panda bear?
by Ambassador B. Romualdez - October 29, 2023 - 12:00am
The question we ask – is it the carabao poking the panda bear, or the other way around? Clearly, the two incidents prove who the “poker” is.
APEC San Francisco summit preparations in full swing
by Ambassador B. Romualdez - October 22, 2023 - 12:00am
The city of San Francisco in California is pulling out all the stops for the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation Economic Leaders’ Conference in November, with an estimated 30,000 delegates composed of CEOs,...
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