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22/08/2011: Ambassador Cuisia Delivers Keynote Address at Prayer Forum

Ambassador Jose Cuisia, left, makes a presentation on the Philippine Government’s position on the West Philippine Sea issue.  (Photo courtesy of Mr. Eric Lachica)

22 August 2011, Washington DC. Philippine Ambassador to the United States Jose L. Cuisia, Jr. delivered the keynote address at the Prayer Forum for Peace in the Spratlys, which was held yesterday at the National Philippine Multicultural Center in Oxon Hill, Maryland.

The prayer forum was organized by the U.S. Pinoys for Good Governance in support of a peaceful and just resolution of issues in the Spratlys conflict.  The date was also chosen to commemorate the 28th death anniversary of former Senator Benigno “Ninoy” S. Aquino.

In his remarks, Ambassador Cuisia acknowledged the efforts of community leaders for “mobilizing behind the causes that impact our country and our people.”  He added that by choosing the way of peace, we are honoring the memory and legacy of Ninoy Aquino.

The program also involved presentations on the Spratlys issue, a tribute to the late Senator Aquino, and a question-and-answer session, whose panelists included Ambassador Cuisia, Professor Sonny Busa, and Dr. Jun Rasul.

According to the organizers, the prayer forum involved the participation of 171 sites all over the world.  END