Cuisia: US shutdown will have no immediate effect on Philippines-A A +A
Tuesday, October 1, 2013
THE partial shutdown of the United States government due to a budget deadlock in Congress will not have any immediate effect on the Philippines or on Filipinos working there, Manila Ambassador to Washington Jose Cuisia Jr. said Tuesday.
In nearly two decades, this is the first time that the US government shut down after Republicans and Democrats in Congress refused to come to a compromise over the national health care law. The US stocks dropped and the White House budget director had to issue a directive to federal agencies to "execute plans for an orderly shutdown."
But Cuisia said in a radio interview the shutdown may affect US President Barack Obama's upcoming visit to Manila, especially if the shutdown drags on.
He said Obama, whose visit is scheduled October 11 and 12, may put off foreign trips until the deadlock is resolved.
"Baka sabihin ng presidente, dapat narito siya sa US (Obama may stay in the US until the deadlock is resolved)," he said.
As of Tuesday noon in Manila, Cuisia said the State Department has not advised him of any change in Obama's plans to visit the Philippines.
Meanwhile, he said there will be no immediate effect on Filipinos in the US or those in the private sector, though some working in agencies included in the shutdown may be affected. (JK/Sunnex)