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Envoys upbeat on PH-US ties in coming year

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Philippine Ambassador to the United States Jose Cuisia Jr. (left) and US Ambassador to the Philippines Harry Thomas Jr.: Upbeat on Philippines-US ties

MANILA, Philippines—The apparent upswing in longstanding relations between the Philippines and the United States is bound to continue in 2013, with both parties hoping to boost ties in the coming year.

In a New Year message, Philippine Ambassador to the United States Jose Cuisia Jr. said 2012 was a year that saw deepening relations between the two countries, adding that he looked forward to an even more productive new year.

“We continued to exert efforts to widen and deepen relations between the Philippines and the United States on all fronts, including people-to-people ties. As recently noted by a US official, the two countries’ relationship is in a ‘renaissance,’” said Cuisia in his message posted on the website of the Philippine Embassy in the United States.

He said 2013 bodes well for the Philippines with continuing political and economic reforms under the administration of President Aquino.

Critical juncture

“Filipinos have many reasons to welcome 2013 with open arms. The country is at a critical juncture. Under the leadership of President Aquino, the Philippines has undergone a significant transition that establishes a direction of change that will shape our nation for years to come,” said Cuisia.

“Reforms in the political and economic arena are bearing fruit and the President’s continued high approval ratings are a testament to the people’s trust and satisfaction in his administration. I look forward to another fruitful year, one filled with peace and blessings,” he added.

US Ambassador to the Philippines Harry Thomas Jr. was also upbeat, expressing his optimism on microblogging site Twitter.

“I want 2013 to be even stronger for US-Philippines alliance. It’s going to be a great year,” Thomas said.

The United States is among the Philippines’ strongest allies and has been supporting government’s defense and law enforcement programs, disaster preparedness, mitigation and response, human rights promotion and antitrafficking initiatives, among others.

In its yearend report, the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) credited the Philippines’ relations with the US in upgrading the Philippines’ military and police forces through new equipment and training.

Partnership with US

“The Department continued to engage its international partners in helping the country improve its defense capability and achieve a minimum credible defense posture. Vital to this engagement is the Philippines’ strategic and defense partnership with the United States, which affirmed its commitment to honor its obligation under the Mutual Defense Treaty,” said the DFA report.

As the Philippines’ leading defense partner, the United States this year doubled its funding commitment from $15 million to $30 million under its Foreign Military Financing program. The allocation was programmed to support the Philippines in the areas of “maritime security, maritime domain awareness and humanitarian assistance and disaster response.”

The United States is also among the biggest donors to victims of disasters in the Philippines, most recently Typhoon “Pablo,” which hit eastern Mindanao.

The US government has pledged nearly P300 million to the Philippines for emergency assistance in hard-hit communities in Compostela Valley, Davao Oriental and Negros Oriental.

The amount is on top of rice supply and transport assistance being provided by the United States Agency for International Development and the US military to Philippine authorities.


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  • Echuserang_Froglet

    hay naku, hindi masarap ang pagkain niyo dyan. kahit gano pa kalaki perang ipasok niyo kung hindi naman masarap binebenta niyo. wala din noh. magsara na kayo at humanap na lang kayo ng ibang franchise na up to date ang lasa.

  • OpinionChan

    Wendy’s needs drive thru’s. Cmon hurry up. Make us fatter pls.

  • kanoy

    It stands NO CHANCE if those 3 rich coward backstabbing murders buy their way out of justice,,, all bets of deep cooperation are off

  • DakuAkongUtin

    If you had named Janine as the Miss Universe , then we would have opened our arms to you Kanos. We dont trust your intentions, we will never will.

    • Pangkatbukid

      you cannot claimed for us.You are chinese who murdered unarmed civilian during your invasion of Vietnam,bragging how you whupped and level 2 vietnamese cities and glorified your killing. We Filipinos,will not be friends with you nor will bow on you,today and forever!

      • DakuAkongUtin

        You murdered millions of aetas, negritoes and indigenous natives of this country long before the coming of Kachilas in 15 th century. Your  dirty and warlike tribes of Indonesya and Malayo islands were not inhabitants of these islands. Your bloodline were not from here. And you did carry out genocide of Moro tribes in Mindanao under the leadership of Spanish Commandantes.   You were never cleaned and you got blood in your hands.

        Ethnic southern Chinese were already here thriving and living in harmony with the locals before your lolos and lolas f cked under the papaya trees. ANd long before they brought their anaks and anak anakans to shzt in these islands, Chinese were already here in large numbers.  The reason why the Chinese DNA are all over the place.

      • Pangkatbukid

        you making up another claim made by you,another history made by you and who are you anyway…Chinese… good in making fake things.

  • truth_will_set_us_free

    “The Department continued to engage its international partners in helping the country improve its defense capability and achieve a minimum credible defense posture. Vital to this engagement is the Philippines’ strategic and defense partnership with the United States, which affirmed its commitment to honor its obligation under the Mutual Defense Treaty,” said the DFA report.

  • truth_will_set_us_free

    “We continued to exert efforts to widen and deepen relations between the Philippines and the United States on all fronts, including people-to-people ties. As recently noted by a US official, the two countries’ relationship is in a ‘renaissance,’” said Cuisia in his message posted on the website of the Philippine Embassy in the United States.

    • DakuAkongUtin

      Pray to the Santo Papa for America to spend more in their national defense so they can send more ships and planes to protect Pinas . If they cannot get this fiscal cliff in order, then expect to see no ships docking at Subic.  No more money so no more honey is the bottom line. 

      • g219h

        Chito Sta Romano…

  • http://www.facebook.com/Boycott.Made.N.China Val Sor

    $30 million military budget is nothing compared to China’s $600 billion military budget.  Wake up people, you must create a significant deterrent force to keep China off the Spratlys and the Shoal.

  • kilabot

    let’s start the new year by putting condom dispensers in all schools like what usa is doing. a sign of good camaraderie.
    and let both countries become a free zone for hiv/aids carriers. is that okay, joe?



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