ROMUALDEZ TO PNOY

Romualdez to PNoy: Secure US military support to PH

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Published : Monday, April 28, 2014 00:00

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HOUSE independent minority bloc leader and Leyte (1st district) Rep. Ferdinand Martin “FM” G. Romualdez yesterday urged President Benigno “Noynoy”Aquino III to prioritize securing a firm and categorical commitment from President Barack Obama that the United States (US) will not abandon the country should a war with China erupt due to the territorial dispute in the West Philippine Sea. Romualdez led lawmakers in underscoring the importance for President Aquino to secure Obama’s direct assurance of US military support to the country. “Let’s face it. We need the US in our dispute with China,” Romualdez stressed, adding that the US has also pledged to defend Japan which is also engaged in a territorial row with China. Romualdez also called on the people to extend the country’s famed hospitality to US President Barack Obama who will arrive today for a meeting with President Aquino. “It’s the least the people can do to show their appreciation to Obama for the continued support the US is giving to the Philippines, especially to victims of super typhoon Yolanda.” Romualdez said. “The American forces also helped secure vital relief and rescue posts in various areas devastated by Yolanda.  They definitely helped save a lot of lives. So let’s do everything we can to show our gratitude and support to President Obama. Let us show him we truly appreciate his concern by extending him all the courtesies and respect he deserves,” Romualdez ended. Ako Bicol party-list Rep. Rodel Batocabe said President Aquino should make a strong pitch on a no visa policy for Filipinos going to the US during their meeting today. “The President should campaign for a no visa policy.” “There should be a firm commitment of the US to the Philippines to ensure peace and security in the West Philippine Sea, including coming to the aid/ assistance of the Philippines in the event of disturbance, conflict or worse, war,” said Batocabe. Negros Occidental Rep. Alfredo “Albee” Benitez, Deputy Speaker and Isabela Rep. Giorgidi Aggabao, Eastern Samar Rep. Ben Evardone, and House Deputy Majority Leaders Sherwin Tugna of Citizens Battle Against Corruption (Cibac) party-list group and Jorge “Bolet” Banal of Quezon City are also hoping that President Aquino will secure a strong commitment from Obama to defend the Philippines from China. “Regional security matters and economic trade agreements,” said Benitez as Aggabao stressed that “what most Filipinos would want to hear is what US will do if we come to blows with China. I think Obama was most pointed and definitive for Japan. We deserve no less.” Evardone said “we want to hear a clear and unmistakable statement that the US will help us to stop the Chinese aggression in West Philippine Sea.” Tugna also said that he wants President Obama to also make a firm commitment that the US will firmly support the Philippines’ “just and right cause in the United Nations arbitral tribunal in our West Philippine Sea territory.” “Also, I would like to hear his plans for his own nation to prosper so they can continue to outsource their work to Philippine BPOs, thereby creating jobs for our countrymen,” said Tugna. For his part, Banal said President Obama should make a “continued commitment to peace and stability in the region, and an assurance stronger than the one he gave in Japan, to defend a long-time ally like the Philippines against aggressors.”

 

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