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04/08/2011: Ambassador Cuisia Meets with Senator Cardin of Maryland

04 AUGUST 2011, WASHINGTON, D.C. Philippine Ambassador to the United States Jose L. Cuisia, Jr. was received by Senator Ben Cardin at his office on August 2, 2011. During the meeting, Congressman Cardin said that he is proud of the relations between the Philippines and the United States. He noted that Maryland has a great Filipino American community and expressed appreciation for the service to the nation of Filipino veterans of World War II.

Ambassador Cuisia took the opportunity to request Senator Cardin’s help and advice on the case of the Filipino teachers in Prince George’s County and Baltimore City in Maryland whose jobs and legal status are in peril as a result of circumstances not within their control. In response, the Senator said he had heard about this case and noted that “there is no question that the teachers are innocent; they should not be penalized,” but said he would have to find out how flexible the concerned authorities could be to address these issues.

On a discussion of the Save Our Industries Act, Senator Cardin said he was aware of the bill and that he would further duly examine its various aspects.

Senator Benjamin Louis "Ben" Cardin is the United States Senator from Maryland and a member of the Democratic Party. Before his election to the Senate, Cardin was a member of the United States House of Representatives, representing Maryland's 3rd congressional district from 1987 to 2007. In the House, he served as the senior Democrat on the Trade Subcommittee and Human Resources Subcommittee of the Ways & Means Committee. He has a long-standing interest in foreign affairs and human rights. He is Co-Chairman of the Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe and Member of the Committees on Finance and Foreign Relations. END