Leads bipartisan congressional delegation, meets Aquino for second time in 13 months
At the conclusion of another successful visit to the Philippines, U.S. Rep. Ed Royce (R-CA), Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, met with President Benigno Aquino at Malacañang Palace in Manila. Chairman Royce, a long-time supporter of the Philippines, is leading a bipartisan delegation of eight Members of Congress.
The meeting is the second between Chairman Royce and President Aquino within the past 13 months.
During the meeting with President Aquino, Chairman Royce recounted his visit to Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan)-ravaged Tacloban earlier in the day. Royce and the delegation noted the resilient spirit they observed among the residents of Tacloban, many of whose homes were completely destroyed.
In his discussion with Aquino, Chairman Royce reiterated his serious concerns about land-grabbing and corruption at the local government level and discussed the important U.S.-Philippines security cooperation.
Also attending the meeting with President Aquino was Foreign Minister Albert Delrosario, Justice Minister Leila de Lima, Under Secretary of National Defense Pio Batino, and Acting Assistant Secretary for American Affairs Gina Jamoralin.
Chairman Royce said: “As a long-time friend of the Philippines, it was a great pleasure for me to visit this dynamic democratic U.S. ally again. Not only was I inspired by the resilient spirit of the people whose lives have been devastated by the November typhoon, I remain encouraged by the leadership of President Aquino. The U.S.-Philippines relationship is strong, and I will continue to work to strengthen this important friendship even more.”