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Reference ID Created Released Classification Origin
09MANILA386
2009-02-23 08:21
2011-08-30 01:44
CONFIDENTIAL
Embassy Manila

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E.O. 12958: DECL: 02/22/2019
TAGS: PGOV PREL RP
SUBJECT: PHILIPPINE REACTION TO SECRETARY CLINTON’S ASIA TRIP

REF: MANILA 239

Classified By: Ambassador Kristie A. Kenney, Reasons 1.4 (b) and (d)

¶1. (C) SUMMARY: The Secretary’s choice of Asia as the
destination for her inaugural overseas travel has received
widespread attention in Philippine national media, where it
has been viewed as an important signal that U.S. engagement
with the region will be a priority with the new
administration. Her statement outlining plans to participate
in ASEAN meetings to be held in Bangkok in July was
especially welcomed. The positive Philippine reaction has
been somewhat tempered by public disappointment that the
Philippines was not included as a stop on this trip.
However, in discussions with the Ambassador, Philippine
Foreign Secretary Romulo welcomed Secretary Clinton’s
interest in Southeast Asia, and expressed hopes that the U.S.
might become a signatory of ASEAN’s Treaty of Amity and
Cooperation (TAC). END SUMMARY.

¶2. (SBU) Philippine national print and broadcast media have
closely followed the Secretary’s itinerary, reporting her
remarks in Korea, China, and elsewhere. The Secretary’s
announcement that she would attend July meetings of the
Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) to be held in
Bangkok found special resonance in the Philippines, a key
proponent of ASEAN’s greater role in fostering democracy in
the region. The positive reaction to renewed U.S. attention
to the region has been tempered somewhat in Manila by the
absence of the Philippines on the Secretary’s itinerary.
Several columnists have gone as far as to assert that it
symbolizes the declining importance of the longstanding
U.S.-Philippine relationship that dates back to the country’s
half century as a U.S. territory.

¶3. (C) Meeting on the margins of a February 23 event at
Malacanang Palace marking recent U.S. legislation that will
compensate Filipino World War II veterans who fought
alongside American troops, the Ambassador discussed the
Secretary’s trip with Philippine Foreign Secretary Alberto
Romulo. Secretary Romulo was pleased at Secretary Clinton’s
assurances that she will attend the July ASEAN meetings in
Bangkok, and he expressed enthusiasm at the United States
position on ASEAN’s Treaty of Amity and Cooperation (TAC), as
outlined by the Secretary in Jakarta.
KENNEY

   

 

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