Constitution Association (Philconsa) President Martin Romualdez yesterday expressed high hopes that the country’s alliance with the United States will continue to “deepen” and “strengthen” under President-elect Donald Trump.
“Congratulations to President-elect Trump. We hope that the warm ties that have been nurtured through the years will continue to live, expand and further develop for the strategic interests of the Filipino and American people,” said Romualdez, a former House Independent Bloc Leader and ex-Leyte congressman.
Speaker Pantaleon “Bebot” Alvarez, Deputy Speaker, Batangas Rep. Raneo Abu, Davao City Rep. Karlo Alexei Nograles, Isabela Rep. Rodolfo “Rodito” Albano and Paranaque City Rep. Gus Tambunting also expressed optimism that the diplomatic ties between the Philippines and the US will be strengthened.
“It is my hope that under a Trump administration, longstanding Philippine-American relations will continue to prosper on the basis of mutual trust and respect, mutual benefit, common adherence to democratic principles, and shared commitment to freedom, equality, justice and peace,” said Alvarez.
“I am confident that our Filipino communities in the US are contributors to America’s economy and nation building, being skilled and intellectuals and will not be affected by Trump’s new policies. I am also confident that the new US leadership will complement our new independent foreign policy direction,” said Abu.
Nograles, who chairs the House Committee on Appropriation, said: “While others say there is some degree of uncertainty as to what the future brings under a Trump presidency, I remain optimistic that Filipino-Americans will continue to play a very important role in America’s socio-political affairs.”
“I like him, he walks the talk,” said Albano, House Majority Leader and member of the House contingent of the powerful Commission on Appointments (CA), said of Trump.
For his part, Tambunting said: “The victory of Donald Trump came as a surprise to me. I hope the PH-US relations will remain strong under his presidency.”