HILL MEETING. Vice President Jejomar C. Binay, accompanied by
Ambassador Jose L. Cuisia, Jr., Rep. Abigail Binay-Campos and
Mayor Jejomar Erwin S. Binay discuss bilateral issues with
Maryland Sen. Ben Cardin, Chair of the Sub-Committee on East
Asia and Pacific Affairs of the United States Senate, during a
meeting in Washington, D.C. on Thursday.
Photo by Ariel Penaranda)
leaders assure VP Binay of their support for Haiyan rehabilitation,
enhanced defense cooperation
By OVP Media
May 4, 2014
WASHINGTON, D.C. – The
Philippines can count on the continued support of leaders of the
United States Congress not only in Manila's efforts to rehabilitate
areas devastated by Typhoon Yolanda but also to further strengthen the
alliance between the two countries.
The assurance was given to
Vice President Jejomar C. Binay during his meetings with US
congressional leaders at Capitol Hill on Thursday, the Philippine
Embassy said in a statement released today.
"I am very glad to receive
the assurances of US congressional leaders of their support for the
Philippines and the enduring friendship between our countries and the
Filipino and American peoples," said the Vice President, who is in
Washington to keynote the Banyan Tree Leadership Forum at the Center
for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS).
The Embassy said the Vice
President, accompanied by Ambassador Jose L. Cuisia, Jr., held
separate meetings with Maryland Sen. Ben Cardin, Chairman of the
Senate Subcommittee on East Asian and Pacific Affairs; California Rep.
Ed Royce, Chairman of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs; and Ohio
Rep. Steve Chabot, Chairman of the House Subcommittee on Asia and the
In their meetings, Vice
President Binay reiterated the Philippine Government's appreciation
for the immediate and comprehensive assistance extended by the US
Government to the typhoon affected communities in Central Visayas.
The Vice President said the
US legislators expressed hope for the immediate recovery of the people
in the affected areas and assured him that the Philippine Government
could count on their support in the reconstruction and rehabilitation
The Vice President said the
US congressional leaders also assured him of their support for closer
defense cooperation between the two countries and building
capabilities to respond to catastrophes and natural disasters. They
also pointed to the importance of the US rebalance to the Asia-Pacific
"Vice President Binay's
congressional meetings showed that the bipartisan support of the US
for the Philippines and the Philippines-United States alliance is
rooted in the US Congress which represents the American people,"
Ambassador Cuisia stated.
The Vice President was
accompanied in the meetings by Rep. Abigail Binay-Campos; Makati Major
Jejomar Erwin S. Binay; Mr. Edgardo Lacson, Consultant on Trade and
Finance; Atty. Martin C. Subido, Legal Counsel; and Minister for
Legislative Affairs and Consul General Ariel R. Penaranda.