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22/11/2011: Senator Pimentel Visits Washington, DC

Senator Aquilino Pimentel III (left) with Ambassador Jose L. Cuisia, Jr.

22 NOVEMBER 2011, WASHINGTON, DC. Senator Aquilino “Koko” Pimentel III visited Washington, D.C. on November 7-10, 2011 to give a talk on Philippine-United States Relations at the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) and serve as a guest speaker at a roundtable organized by the US-ASEAN Business Council. Senator Pimentel also met with Senator Bill Nelson (D-FL) and Congresswoman Ileanah Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL) and visited the U.S. Department of State.

In his remarks at SAIS, Senator Pimentel spoke about the electoral processes in the Philippines as well as the robust relationship between the Philippines and the U.S. He stressed that he would like to focus his efforts in the Philippine Senate on electoral reforms. At the roundtable with the US-ASEAN Business Council, where he was hosted by the Council’s Vice President Marc Mealy, Senator Pimentel explored opportunities for collaboration with the Council in introducing key legislations that will help improve the Philippines’ international competitiveness. He said that the key message he wants to convey to investors is that “the Philippines is where you can do business profitably and legitimately.”

Senator Pimentel ran for the Philippine Senate in a highly contested 2007 election that his opponent narrowly won. Senator Pimentel protested the outcome and was proclaimed as the 12th winning senator four years later.  He assumed office on August 15, 2011.  He currently serves as the Chairperson of the Senate Committee on Electoral Reforms and People’s Participation and the Committee on Games, Amusement and Sports. END.