PH envoy to US meets with Filipino community in D.C.

Lenn Almadin-Thornhill, ABS-CBN North America

Posted at Dec 14 2017 12:53 AM

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WASHINGTON DC - Philippine Ambassador to the United States, Jose Manuel Romualdez arrived in Washington D.C. on November 29 to a warm welcome from embassy staff members.

Ambassador Romualdez is a veteran journalist and media business executive. He was first appointed in 2016 but declined the post because of an emergency eye surgery. He was reappointed in July 2017. 

The post has been vacant for the past year and a half since President Rodrigo Duterte assumed office. 

Ambassador Romualdez’s first order of business was to present his credentials to President Donald Trump. 

“Generally, it as a very good meeting and I was very happy. It was a very cordial meeting that we had precisely because of the trip that he had in Manila,” he said.

Courtesy of the Philippine embassy, Washington DC

Romualdez was referring to the 50th anniversary of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) which the Philippines hosted. 

“He really sincerely enjoyed his trip to Manila. He was very well received and he was very happy for that. And, in fact, he told me that he is looking forward to visiting Manila again sometime in the future. So who knows?” he said.

The ambassador held a town meeting where he answered several questions from community members, including on immigration and human rights last Friday evening at the embassy.

In an interview with Balitang America, Romualdez said one of his main priorities is to build on the momentum established between the United States and the Philippines after the ASEAN Summit.

“We’re pushing for the infrastructure. The build, build, build program, and that is the kind of news that we’d like to bring out here and invite some of the American investors to participate in that program,” he said.

Besides fostering diplomatic relationships, the ambassador is also keen on improving their outreach efforts to bring consular services to different areas. 

Meanwhile, Romualdez also shared that they are opening a new consulate in Houston, Texas soon.

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