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Friday, 14 October 2011 09:36

 

By JOSEPH G. LARIOSA

(© 2011 Journal Group Link International)

 

C HICAGO (jGLi) – Former Philippine President Fidel V. Ramos does not see the Philippines and the United States dusting up its 60-year-old Mutual Defense Treaty despite threats from China over the dispute of Philippine Western Sea or South China Sea over the summer.

 

This message summed up Mr. Ramos’ remarks during a 17-day marathon, coast-to-coast speaking engagements as he embarked to sell the Philippines and his biographical book that ended Tuesday (Oct. 11) in San Francisco, California.

 

In one of his lectures at the Heritage Foundation, a think tank, in Washington, D.C., on Sept. 28, two days before the 60th anniversary of the Mutual Defense Treaty, Mr. Ramos played down talks of an escalating of rhetorics towards arms build-up in Philippine Western Sea, saying, “I am not seeing any more conflict of violence that could bring us to something like World War II if we play our cards right. There are no more nations’ enemies to contend with (these days).


“The real enemies are international terrorists, climate change, global warming, poverty, hunger, endemic disease, persistence of ignorance and degradation throughout the world.”

 

The 12th Philippine president was introduced during his lecture by former U.S. Ambassador to the Philippines Thomas C. Hubbard at the Heritage Foundation as guest at the 60th anniversary of the MDT alliance, discussing its enduring value, history, current context and future.


Following the program, Mr. Ramos also signed copies of his first authorized biography, “Trustee of a Nation,” written by Dr. Scott Thomson, a former White House fellow. Among the guests were U.S Labor Secretary Elaine L. Chao, who led the
U.S. delegation when Mr. Ramos was inaugurated president in 1992, host Walter Lohman, director of Heritage Foundation’s Asian Studies Center, and Philippine Ambassador to the U.S. Jose Cuisia, Jr.

 

O ne of the main agenda of his trip was to co-chair and address the 6th Global Meeting of the Emerging Markets Forum (EMF) in Warrenton, Virginia.

 

The Emerging Markets Forum (EMF) is a non-profit organization established in 2005, upon initiative of the Washington-based Centennial Group, a policy-consultancy firm led by former top executives of the IMF and World Bank.


The EMF, which holds a global meeting and several regional meetings every year, serves the need for a venue for quality research and high-level dialogue on socio-economic and political issues affecting emerging markets. It also presents practical recommendations and influences leaders and decision-makers to act upon them.


The EMF is co-chaired by Michel Camdessus, former IMF Managing Director; Haruhiko Kuroda, ADB President; Enrique Garcia, President/CEO of the Development Bank of Latin America and
FVR. Focus of the three-day global meeting held at the Airlie Center in Warrenton, was the “Enhancement of Latin American and Asian Economic Links,” “Reform of the International Monetary System,” and the “Role of Europe in the Global Economy.”


Mr. Ramos also addressed various forums, delivered lectures in several leading universities and held dialogues with Filipino American communities and veterans in various cities.

 

He also launched his book in Washington, D.C.; New York City; Atlanta, Georgia; San Francisco, Los Angeles and other cities in California.


Near the end of his trip, Mr. Ramos was also hosted to a private dinner by several Filipino-American community leaders, among them, Mario Panoringan and his wife, Norma, at a restaurant in San Francisco and had a golf outing at the Presidio Golf & Country Club, hosted by Mr Panoringan, Ret. Gen. Joe Magno Jr., Ambassador Marciano Paynor, Jr. of the San Francisco Consulate; Reggie Bernabe, Protocol Officer Rene Cornista, businessman Eric Gagui and Mae Gaffud, Deputy Executive Director of the Ramos Peace Development Foundation.

 

Mr. Ramos also attended the First Fil-Am Book Fair at the San Francisco Main Public Library at the invitation of Gemma Nemenzo and Butch Dalisay and another book launching at the Seafood City Center in Vallejo hosted by Councilman Hermie Sunga and Hon. Consul Mario C. Panoringan and at South Villa Restaurant in Sacramento hosted by Perry Diaz and Mr. Panoringan. .# # #

 

Editor’s Note: To contact the author, please e-mail him at: (lariosa_jos@sbcglobal.net)

 

 



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