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22/09/2011: US Senator Inouye Vows Continued Support for Filipino People

President Benigno S. Aquino III is shown in the photo above with Senate President Pro Tempore Daniel Inouye, third from left, Ambassador Jose Cuisia, leftmost, and Foreign Secretary Albert del Rosario, rightmost. (Photo: Office of Senator Daniel K. Inouye)

22 September 2011, WASHINGTON DC – President Benigno S. Aquino III called on US Senator Daniel Inouye during his visit to the United States capital on the second leg of his four-day working visit to the U.S. yesterday.

The Chief Executive, who was joined by Cabinet members led by Foreign Affairs Secretary Albert F. del Rosario, Transportation and Communications Secretary Manuel “Mar” Roxas, Finance Secretary Cesar Purisima, Trade Secretary Gregory Domingo, Budget and Management Secretary Florencio “Butch” Abad, Social Welfare and Development Secretary Corazon “Dinky” Soliman, and Presidential Communications and Strategic Planning Office Secretary Ramon Carandang, as well as Philippine Ambassador to the U.S. Jose L. Cuisia, Jr. met with Senator Inouye at the Senate President Pro Tempore’s Office at the US Capitol.

The President took the time to personally thank the US Senator, who is also Senate President Pro-Tempore and Chair of the Committee on Appropriations, for all the help extended to the Filipino people.

“The purpose of the whole trip is to personally thank you for so many things. Thanks to you, we’ve had a very productive trip,” the President told Inouye.

In response, Senator Inouye vowed to continue supporting President Aquino’s administration and the Filipino people.

Senator Inouye is known for his distinguished record as a legislative leader and as a World War II combat veteran with the 442nd Regimental Combat Team, who earned the nation’s highest award for military valor, the Medal of Honor.

Senator Inouye has sponsored and supported numerous bills to champion Philippine-American friendship in the United States Congress. He had a vital role in the historic enactment into law of the Filipino Veterans Equity Compensation provision of the 2009 American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. Senator Inouye recently re-introduced the Save Our Industries Act (S. 1244) on June 23, 2011, a bill that will allow the export to the United States of Philippine apparel made of U.S. fabrics. This legislation aims to increase jobs and exports income for both countries.

During Senator Inouye’s most recent visit to the Philippines in April 2011, President Aquino conferred on him the highest Philippine Presidential honor, the Order of Sikatuna, for fostering, developing and strengthening relations between the Philippines and the United States. END