Think-thank: Aquino, Obama can lift RP-US ties
Posted by akosistella on May 21, 2010
WASHINGTON, D.C.: Apparent president-elect Sen. Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino 3rd and US President Barack Obama will have a chance to move bilateral relations a “notch higher,” according to Director Walter Lohman of Heritage Foundation’s Asian Studies Center.
Lohman told Filipino journalists Tuesday Wednesday in Manila during a luncheon at the Heritage Foundation’s plush offices in the shadows of Capitol Hill here that Aquino and Obama have at least two important things in common. Also at the meeting was Nick Zahn, director of the Washington Roundtable for the Asia-Pacific Press, the largest organization of the Asian media in the US and affiliated with the foundation’s Asian Studies Center.
First, Aquino and Obama won clear mandates on the promise of change, which sparked tremendous popular support, particularly among young voters.
via Manila Times.
Malacañang tells Noynoy not to squander gains of GMA
MANILA, Philippines – Malacañang yesterday urged the incoming Aquino government not to squander the gains of the Arroyo administration.
Presidential spokesman Ricardo Saludo said the Arroyo administration had huge achievements in infrastructure, exports and finance.
He also noted that the country’s ranking in the World Competitiveness Yearbook went up to 39th – with a score of 56.526 out of a perfect score of 100 – from 43rd last year. The Switzerland-based IMD World Competitiveness Center studied 58 economies.
Via Phil. Star
CBCP tells Aquino: We’re watching on RH
AN official of the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines yesterday said they will be closely watching the moves of incoming president Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III regarding the controversial reproductive health bill.
Fr. Melvin Castro, executive secretary of the CBCP-Episcopal Commission on Family and Life, said they are holding on to Aquino’s statement during the campaign period that he is against certain provisions of the RH bill.
Aquino was originally one of the supporters of the RH bill in the Senate but eventually softened his stand saying there were some provisions in the proposed law that he cannot support.