Chairman Royce on
Strengthening U.S.-Philippines Ties
Washington, D.C. – Today, House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Ed
issued the following statement on the recent announcement that
the United States will transfer a U.S. Coast Guard cutter and a research
vessel to the Philippines:
“The transfer of these two ships to the Philippines is welcome news. They
will strengthen the Philippine Navy as it works to establish peace and
stability in the region – from combating terrorism to keeping trade routes
secure in the Asia Pacific.
“The Philippines have been our close ally for over sixty years. We share
values, history, and cultural ties that are rooted in our energetic
Filipino-American community. Ensuring the security of the Philippines, and
our enduring alliance, will continue to be a top priority for the House
Foreign Affairs Committee."
Note: Last year, Chairman Royce led a bipartisan congressional delegation to
the Philippines. As Chairman of the Terrorism, Nonproliferation, and Trade
Subcommittee, Royce held the first congressional hearing in many years
focused solely on the U.S.-Philippines relationship.