‘Movers, shakers’ to welcome Aquino to US


President Benigno Aquino III

LOS ANGELES—President Benigno Aquino III will be honored by a new group of movers and shakers that was formed to enhance US-Philippine relations during the organization’s inaugural dinner in Washington, DC on June 7.

The US-Philippines Society, headed by founding chairs businessman Manuel V. Pangilinan and former US Ambassador to the Philippines John D. Negroponte, will host dinner at the Mandarin Oriental hotel on the eve of Mr. Aquino’s meeting with US President Barack Obama at the White House.

Negroponte, currently a research fellow and lecturer in international affairs at Yale University’s Jackson Institute for Global Affairs, previously served as US Deputy Secretary of State and Director of National Intelligence.

The society’s vision is to elevate the Philippines’ profile in the United States and promote trade and investment and build shared strategic and political interests, according to the invitation sent out this week. It also aims to “strengthen educational, cultural, tourism and people-to-people ties, with emphasis on educational exchanges.”

“This vision was built on the rich historical ties between the Philippines and the United States to help bring that unique relationship fully into the 21st century at a time when US policy interests are increasingly focused on East Asia,” the invitation read.

The society, which is based in Washington, will seek to draw more attention to US-Philippine relations through programs that would bring together policy-makers, congressional leaders, think tank analysts, academicians and the media.

The invitation was signed by former Ambassador John F. Maisto, president of the society.

Maisto was formerly the US ambassador to the Organization of American States, ambassador to Venezuela  from 1997 to 2000, and ambassador to Nicaragua from 1993 to 1996.

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  • AFPako

    Negroponte is a Greek American but Jewish. He is a neocon , He is postioning himself with the next flashpoint in history which is our turf. Amongst American strategic thinktanks the Far East and South East Asia will be the next focal point once  Iraq and AFghanistan are done. China is a rising power and they will focus on confronting them . THey will strengthen their 7th FLt , Taiwan -RP- Japan – S Korean front lines. Watch these mga kababayans, the US will sell us a few subs, thats what the AFP is doing.  We can use Negroponte , he is an insider in the circle of necons in American powerhouse. Romney is gonna be the next president and his No 1 priority is fight CHina both economics and military.  PNoy is positioning himself as we speak. Maybe our armed forces will get modern used equipment long overdue. Kung ibibigay lang ng Kano, Alam naman natin mahilig tayo sa freebie , ayaw maggastos ang mga kamanders natin kasi kinakurakot nila for personal gain. Just look at the many mansiones sa mga ex military commanders, the ghost dollar accts, mga negosyo nila at mga anak pinag aral sa labas, sarap na buhay ex PMA ers.

    • Miggs

      Well said. Alam na namin ito…a few of us left the Navy because of this issue and its been 20 years since I’ve stayed here in the US and hindi na talag magbabago ang system sa hukbong sandatahan. Kahit noon pa panahon ng US commonwealth mga Lawmakers na Pinoy ang gumagawa ng katarantaduhan and was embolden during the Quirino up to Aquino administrations. I thought noong time namin kay Pres Ramos it’ll be over pero lalo pa itong lumala. Filipinos need to know kung anong klaseng cancer meron ang society sa atin. Lalabanan mo nga pero tatakutin ka, wise choice and if opportunity comes leave it. KULANG SA DISIPLINA tayo. Aminin natin ito.


    Go PNoy!! 

  • billy31

    The move is good, huwag sanang magkalat ang fil-chinese president ng pinas.

  • AFPako

    Time for the neocons to step in , oh yeah baby !

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