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MANILA, Philippines – A United States congressional delegation (Codel) will be visiting Manila to discuss defense and investment ties between the Philippines and the US, the Department of Foreign Affairs said Monday.

In its announcement, the DFA said the delegation will be led by newly selected chairman of the US House committee on foreign affairs Congressman Ed Royce. The delegation will be in the country from January 28 to 30.

Royce, who will be visiting the country for the first time, will meet with President Benigno S. Aquino III, Speaker Feliciano Belmonte, Jr., Foreign Affairs Secretary Albert F. del Rosario, and other Philippine officials and representatives from the business community.

“High on the agenda are discussions on PH-US relations, defense and trade and investment cooperation, as well as regional security issues,” the DFA said in a statement.

“We welcome the visit of Chairman Royce and the congressional delegation to the Philippines,” Del Rosario was quoted as saying in a separate statement.

“Chairman Royce is committed to a strong alliance between the Philippines and the US, and he has been a great friend of the Filipino community in the US,” Del Rosario added.

Philippine Ambassador to the US Jose Cuisia, for his part, said that the inclusion of the Philippines in Royce’s first foreign trip as the chairman of the house committee on foreign affairs served as a reflection of “the value he accords to US friendship with the Philippines.”

Cuisia would be joining the Philippine officials in meetings with the US representatives, the DFA said.

The DFA also noted that Royce had reiterated his support for the “Philippines’ rules-based approach to the West Philippine Sea issue and the peaceful resolution of disputes within the framework of international law” in a meeting with Del Rosario and Cuisia last January 17.

The DFA added that the US delegation includes Ranking Member Eliot Engel, Congressman Gregory Meeks, Congressman Vern Buchanan, Congressman Matthew James “Matt” Salmon, and Congressman Thomas Anthony “Tom” Marino.


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  • goldilock

    The world must unite with Philippines against China’s invasion into Philippine territories. Tibet fell when no one was paying attention on China’s crawling invasion under Mao.

    Look at these list of places invaded by China.

    1. Philippines 1990
    2. Vietnam 1979.
    3.  India  1962
    4. Tibet  1950
    5. Burma now Myanmar 1765 – 1769
    6. Korea 1627 – 1637
    7. Japan 1274 -1281.

    Philippines needs help around the world especially from democratic countries. It needs weapons capable of sinking invading ships and help Philippines economically as China is waging economic war on Philippines.
    Economic war:
    1. China offering zero interest on loans to countries willing to support them.
    2. Free products from China includes delivery vs Philippine products.
    3. Ships in and out of Philippines boarded and harassed by Chinese military.

    • Albert Einstien

      you are CORRECT my friend …CORY gave away our territories as early as 1987..

      CORY ADMINISTRATION ALLOWED CHINA intrusion in 1987 to our Kagitingan Reef then .. they are NOW CLAIMING the whole SCS.
      The Geology and Mineral Resources Ministry of the People’s Republic of China (PRC) has estimated that the Spratly area holds oil and natural gas reserves of 17.7 billion tons (1.60 × 1010 kg), as compared to the 13 billion tons (1.17 × 1010 kg) held by Kuwait, placing it as the fourth largest reserve bed in the world. These large reserves assisted in intensifying the situation and propelled the territorial claims of the neighboring countries.
      In 1968, the Philippines stationed troops on three islands which had been claimed by the adventurer Tomas Cloma as part of Freedomland On 11 March 1976, the first major Philippine oil discovery occurred off the coast of Palawan, near the Spratly Islands territory. As of 2010, these oil fields accounted for fifteen percent of all petroleum consumed in the Philippines.The government has received a total of P228.45 billion from the Malampaya gas-to-power project off Palawan since the complex began producing natural gas commercially in 2002.
      OBSERVATION STATIONS & resource study experts February 1987, commissioned by the Chinese government, establishing five marine observation stations. China Nansha station is located in the “Kagitingan Reef” to the Filipino to china Fiery Cross Reef.
      In early February 1988, the China Construction forces launched the construction of NO.74 ocean observatory on”Kagitingan Reef” . To guarantee the security of the establishment of the station site from 18 January to 14 March 1988, the South China Sea Fleet entered the Spratly Islands.
      then AFTER china established structures in SPRATLY ….cory INSTEAD of PROTESTING & sending the NAVY….she choose to go to her relatives in CHINA……” When President Cory came to Hongjian Village in 1988 she planted an araucaria tree (a genus of coniferous evergreen) to commemorate her visit. She also lighted incense at the altar of the Ancestral Temple of the Xu (Co) Clan. She was quoted as having remarked “I am the President, but I am also the daughter of Hongjian Village” ( news item )
      but VIETNAM protested fiercly while CORY went to china and celebrated in 1988 with her blood relatives at the time we are LOSING POSSESSION of our territories…..so RP now is in DILEMNA how can we KICK -OUT GIANT prc china in spratly…

  • http://joboni96.myopenid.com/ joboni96

    ito ang mga duduro at magtuturo na naman
    sa mga collaborators
    sa gobyerno at militar

    tulad ni dfa usec basilio at dnd usec batino

    sisirain na naman tayo ng imperyalistang u.s.
    sa mismong bayan nating pilipinas

    u.s. – kastila war 1898
    pilipino – u.s. war 1899-1912 1+ million pilipinos died
    u.s. – japan war ww2 nasira pilipinas, 1 million pilipinos died
    u.s. – korea war 1950-1953 100+ pilipino casualties
    u.s. – vietnam war 1960s-70s used philippines as staging area, pilipino casualties
    u.s. – tsina war 20?? modern weapons will result in higher casualties

    hindi pa kasama dyan ang mga kinulimbat nilang
    gold at ibang mahalagang metal
    pag kalbo sa kabundukan kaya tayo binabaha ngayon
    parity rights na ginamit pang darambong
    etc etc

    ang agenda ng imperyalista
    gawing base ang bayan natin na naman
    sa gerra nila sa pinagkakautangang intsik switik
    na tayo na naman ang tatamaan

    habang sitting pretty sila unscathed thousands of miles away

    DEMOLISH VFA – PALAYASIN MGA IMPERYALISTA

    ng hindi gawing bases ang bayan natin ng imperyalistang u.s.
    sa napipintong gerra nila kontra hegemonistang intsik

    magpalakas ng pro pilipino defense kasama mga kapit bayan natin
    para pigilin ang intsik switik sea grabbing



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