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15/11/2011: Ambassador Cuisia Meets Congressman Johnson of Georgia

15 NOVEMBER 2011, WASHINGTON, DC. Philippine Ambassador to the United States Jose L. Cuisia, Jr. met on October 26, 2011 with Congressman Henry C. "Hank" Johnson Jr., the U.S. Democratic Representative for Georgia's 4th congressional district, serving since 2007. The district is based in DeKalb County, a largely suburban county east of Atlanta. Ambassador Cuisia and Representative Johnson talked about the bilateral relations between the Philippines and the United States particularly in the context of strategic developments in the Asia-Pacific. Representative Johnson is a member of the Armed Services Committee. During the meeting, Representative Johnson expressed appreciation for “the great alliance we have enjoyed for many years.” He said “we are friends; we are compatriots,” and that “our relations should improve and advance.” On the Ambassador’s discussion of the Save Our Industries Act (H.R. 2387), Representative Johnson said that he would take a good close look at the bill. Ambassador Cuisia noted that the close relations between democratic nations should also be reflected in the area of trade. The Philippines and the United States have not had any preferential trade agreement in 40 years.

Representative Johnson was delighted to learn from the Ambassador about his recent trip to Georgia where he met with the Filipino community in Atlanta, spoke at the Georgia Tech Campus, and visited the Coca Cola Headquarters, and the Federal Reserve of Atlanta.

Representative Johnson is also a member of the Committee on the Judiciary, and recently on October 6, became a member of the House Subcommittee on Intellectual Property, Competition, and the Internet. He was elected to the DeKalb County Commission in 2000 and served two terms. Prior to his service on the Commission, he worked as an Associate Magistrate Judge for ten years. END