Time Running Out For US to Firm Philippines Relationship
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Nearly every person I have met has a family member in the United States. I also am constantly struck by our extensive, long-standing educational ties, which we have worked hard to continue building. In one important example, it was an honor to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the formation of the United States Educational Foundation in the Philippines earlier this year.
Among its many contributions to our enduring friendship is the Philippine Fulbright program — the oldest continually-running Fulbright Program in the world. That highly respected program has sent more than 3, Filipino scholars to the US and brought more than 1, US scholars to the Philippines.
Among these are some of the Philippines' highest achieving artists, scientists, and public servants. As we think about friendship and family, we naturally want to protect the future generations. In one example, our friendship was reinforced when the US joined with the Philippine Dangerous Drugs Board and the 26th Annual National Youth Congress that successfully engaged young Filipinos to promote drug abuse prevention in May of this year.
We partner with the DDB to fight the scourge of illicit drugs through community programs and drug demand reduction. In another example, 5 years ago, the United States Agency for International Development USAID embarked on a project to detect, treat, cure, as well as prevent the spread of tuberculosis.
As a result, more Filipinos have access to state-of-the-art TB treatment and protection health services, which are curing more and more people. High-impact projects The US-Philippine partnership has made itself evident time and again throughout the years.
That partnership has been particularly evident in addressing the challenges that followed the end of fighting in Marawi. Alumni of US government exchanges from Mindanao were on the frontlines of humanitarian and psycho-social efforts to address the needs of people displaced by the fighting.
Key events in the bilateral relationship include the July 4, declaration by President Ramos of Philippine-American Friendship Day in commemoration of the 50th anniversary of Philippine independence. Ramos visited the U. President Arroyo met with President Bush in an official working visit in November and made a state visit in Washington on May 19, President Bush made a state visit to the Philippines on October 18,during which he addressed a joint session of the Philippine Congress—the first American President to do so since Dwight D.
There are regular U. President Arroyo repeatedly stressed the close friendship between the Philippines and the U. Both governments tried to revitalize and strengthen their partnership by working toward greater security, prosperity, and service to Filipinos and Americans alike. In Octoberthe U.
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That same month, the Philippines joined the select group of countries to have ratified all 12 UN counterterrorism conventions.
Annual military exercises[ edit ] Main article: Balikatan The annual Balikatan Shoulder-to-Shoulder bilateral military exercises contribute directly to the Philippine armed forces' efforts to root out Abu Sayyaf and Jemaah Islamiyah terrorists and bring development to formerly terrorist-plagued areas, notably Basilan and Jolo. They include not only combined military training but also civil-military affairs and humanitarian projects.
Extension of United States base rights became a pivotal issue in Manila politics. The need for some sort of military alliance with the United States was rarely questioned, but the physical presence of the bases has irritated nationalists beyond endurance.
The socially deformed communities outside their gates were seen as a national disgrace. Angeles City near Clark and Olongapo City near Subic had innumerable bars and thousands of prostitutes, which caused Filipinos to be concerned about acquired immune deficiency syndrome AIDS.
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There were numerous criminal gangs and smugglers and criminal jurisdiction was a perennial problem. The nuclear issue complicated matters. Article 2 of the Constitution says that the Philippines, "consistent with national interest, adopts and pursues a policy of freedom from nuclear weapons in its territory.
Aquino finessed the issue, apparently determining that it was in the national interest not to do anything to make the United States leave the bases. But the Philippine Senate in June passed by a vote of nineteen to three a bill that would have banned from the Philippines the "development, manufacture, acquisition, testing, use, introduction, installation, or storage" of nuclear weapons.
The bill was defeated in the House, but its margin of passage in the Senate indicated potential difficulty in obtaining the votes of the two-thirds of the Senate required to ratify any future base agreement.