By Balitang America Staff, ABS-CBN North America Staff
Sept. 24, 2014
REDWOOD CITY, Calif – They hoped for some face time with Philippine Pres. Benigno Aquino III during his trip this week to the U.S., but Filipino American community leaders were disappointed when they were told he simply didn’t have time in his schedule to meet with them.
“We wanted to discuss the issue of TPS with him,” U.S. Pinoys for Good Governance President Rodel Rodis said during a live studio interview. He said a push from PNoy would be a big help towards obtaining temporary protected status that would grant deportation relieve to Filipinos affected by recent disasters in the Philippines.
“All it takes now is a call from him to Pres. Obama, urging Pres. Obama, especially in light of the recent typhoon — the devastation around the country.”
Rodis explained a meeting with Aquino would dispel notions that the president takes the contributions of overseas Filipino workers for granted.
“He has not included the overseas Filipino community, any mention of them in his State of the Nation Address. That’s 12 million people who contribute at least $24 billion a year to the Philippine economy, and it’s not worth mentioning in his State of the Nation Address. Even a shout out that says we thank the sacrifices of the overseas Filipino community, anything like that, would be greatly appreciate,” Rodis said.
SHOULD PRESIDENT AQUINO HAVE TAKEN THE TIME TO MEET WITH THE FIL-AM COMMUNITY DURING HIS RECENT US TRIP?