WASHINGTON DC — Philippine ambassador to the United States, Jose Manuel Romualdez’s arrived in Washington D.C. on November 29th to a warm welcome from embassy staff members.
Ambassador Romualdez is a veteran journalist and media business executive. He was first appointed in 2016, but declined the post because of an emergency eye surgery. He was reappointed in July 2017.
The post has been vacant for the past year and a half, since President Rodrigo Duterte assumed office.
Ambassador Romualdez’s first order of business was to present his credentials to President Donald Trump.
“Generally it as a very good meeting, and I was very happy. It was a very cordial meeting that we had precisely because of the trip that he had in Manila,” he said.
That trip was for the 50th anniversary of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), which the Philippines hosted.
“He really sincerely enjoyed his trip to Manila. He was very well received and he was very happy for that. And in fact, he told me that he is looking forward to visiting Manila again sometime in the future so who knows.”
On Friday evening, at the Philippine embassy, the ambassador held a town hall meeting where he answered several questions from community members, including on immigration and human rights.
During our one on one conversation with the ambassador, he tells BA that one of his main priorities is to build on the momentum established between the United States and the Philippines after the ASEAN summit.
“We’re pushing for the infrastructure. The build, build, build program, and that is the kind of news that we’d like to bring out here and invite some of the American investors to participate in that program.”
Besides fostering diplomatic relationships, the ambassador is also keen on improving their outreach efforts to bring consular services to different areas.
Meanwhile, some good news for Filipinos in Texas, Ambassador Romualdez tells us they are opening a new consulate in Houston soon.