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2008/11/14

Commentary: Amid global tensions and uncertainty, US and RP remain steadfast allies

Tacloban City (November 14) -- In a time of global tensions and economic uncertainty, the United States and the Philippines remain steadfast allies and friends, President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo told the Filipino-American communities from Illinois, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio and other parts of the Midwest.

The President said the Philippines will continue to be friends and allies with the Administration of President Obama just as it has under the Administration of President Bush.

President Arroyo intimated that she received a letter from Senator Obama before the US elections which reassured her of a strong US-Philippine relation.

In his letter, Senator Obama acknowledged the long history and alliance that has bound the two countries together for decades. He recalled that US and the Philippines fought together against fascism in World War II and stood up successfully against a common adversary during the cold war. And that today, the two countries find themselves shoulder-to-shoulder in a common struggle against terrorism and extremism.

Senator Obama enumerated several issues that are of future concern to the two countries: climate change, food security, poverty reduction, the future of ASEAN, human rights in Burma, and defense reform. So these are issues that he recognizes as the Philippines and the U.S. sharing common interests, just as they share a common faith in democracy.

"And now that it's Veterans' Day, I should also recall that when I spoke with him last June, Senator Obama expressed his support for Veterans' Equity," President Arroyo said.

But saying that "we should not wait for the bill to be refiled in the next Congress, President Arroyo instructed Ambassador Willy Gaa and called on the Filipino- Americans in the United States to urge the US Congress to act now to organize the Bicameral Committee to reconcile Senate Bill 1315 and House Bill 6897 so it can become a Veteran's Equity Law.

But I think we should not wait for the bill to be refiled in the next Congress. There's still something we can do in this present Congress. So, on this day, Veterans' Day, I gave my instructions to Ambassador Willy Gaa -- and let's all do it, Filipino-Americans here in the United States -- let us urge the U.S. Congress to act now to organize the Bicameral Committee to reconcile Senate Bill 1315 and House Bill 6897 so it can become a Veterans' Equity Law. (PIA 8) [top]

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