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Thursday, 10 January 2008 01:49

Dateline Manila, Jan. 10, 2008, Philippine Embassy News Release and MabuhayRadio News Service

President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo welcomed today United States Congressman Adam Smith who is on an official tour of the Philippines to learn more about the RP-US relations. He arrived in the country two days ago.

“Thank you for visiting us,” the President told Congressman Smith during his courtesy call this afternoon at the Music Room of Malacañang Palace.

Among those present were Foreign Affairs Secretary Alberto Romulo, Defense Secretary Gilbert Teodoro, and US Ambassador to the Philippines Kristie Kenney.

Mr. Smith, a Democrat representing the 9th District of Washington, is a member of the US House Committee on Armed Services where he chairs the Subcommittee on Terrorism, Unconventional Threats and Capabilities.

Representative Smith’s visit is part of his familiarization tour of Southeast Asia also as a member of the US House Subcommittee on Asia, the Pacific, and the Global Environment.

Before Mr. Smith called on the President, he was accompanied by Ambassador Kenney this morning in Tuburan, Basilan, where they inaugurated a road project which is a portion of the circumferential road network of the province.

Representative Smith has many Asian-American constituents in Washington, many of them Filipinos.

Several Filipino-American constituents of Representative Smith have allegedly reported to him cases of alleged human-rights violations in the Philippines.

The will verify reports that several Filipino-American constituents of Representative Smith have reported to Mr. Smith cases of alleged human-rights violations in the Philippines. The violations, including killings and torture, were allegedly committed by Philippine military, police and/or para-military forces on suspected communist and Muslim rebels and their sympathizers and members of the Filipino Fourth Estate. This web site will contact Congressman Smith upon his return from Southeast Asia to do an interview and get his assessment on the human-rights issues in the Philippines. # # #

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