Organization cites Aquino's ‘positive leadership’

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Thursday, June 7, 2012


MANILA -- Newly established United States-Philippines Society said President Benigno Aquino III’s platform of good governance factored in its decision to invite him as guest of honor and speaker during its official launch in Washington, D.C., Friday (Manila time).

Speaking to Radio-TV Malacañang in a recent interview, US-Philippines Society president and retired diplomat John Maisto said they want to take advantage of this opportunity because, just like their organization, Aquino “represents something generationally new.”

“President Aquino represents something generationally new: his age, where he comes from, his background. It represents a new chapter in the Philippines in terms of bringing assurances to the Filipino people about, if you look at the campaign that elected him, its good governance, modernity — all positive things that the United States wants to identify with,” he said.

Philippine Ambassador to the United States Jose Cuisia Jr., for his part, said the establishment of the new organization would be beneficial for the country especially with the 6.4-percent growth it has posted just recently that could bring in more investments.

“I think as a whole, our country has been able to attract even more direct investments precisely because the President has shown a very good example in terms of frugality, simple living, and — unlike, I think, the past administration — he has been totally committed to good governance and, of course, anti-corruption,” Cuisia said.

Apart from gracing the US-Philippines Society launch and meeting top US government officials, President Aquino is also scheduled to speak with various American business groups for possible investments and future projects.

The US-Philippines Society was founded only last May out of the collective interest of both Filipinos and Americans “to raise the profile of the Philippines in the United States” toward the furtherance of the growing partnership between the two countries.

It is a non-profit and non-governmental organization that is being sustained by contributions coming from both Filipino and American entities, individuals, and businesses and fees collected from individual memberships — $75/year for regular citizens and $25/year for students.

“The society is independent. It’s connected with neither… It’s funded by neither the US government nor the Philippine government. It’s non-partisan, it’s non-political, it’s independent, it’s self-sustaining and we’re not gonna be drawn into any political coloration in either country. We want to see the emphasis on the Philippines on the Filipino people and on the US-Philippine relationship,” Maisto stressed. (PNA/Sunnex)

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