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05/03/2012: Representative Franks Backs PH-US Cooperation in Counterterrorism and Maritime Security

Ambassador Jose Cuisia, right, and Representative Trent Franks pose for a photo at the latter’s office in Capitol Hill.

05 MARCH 2012, WASHINGTON, DC. On a discussion about counterterrorism and maritime security, Representative Trent Franks of Arizona conveyed to Ambassador Jose L. Cuisia, Jr. his “strong commitment in supporting the Philippines and would like to be of help whenever opportunities arise.” Ambassador Cuisia briefed the congressman on Philippines-US relations on February 17, 2012. Representative Franks told the Ambassador that Filipinos are “very patriotic and a most noble people.”

Representative Franks is the Republican Representative for Arizona’s 2nd congressional district, serving 5 terms (since 2003), and is a member of the House Committee on Armed Services. He is Chair of the Subcommittee on the Constitution of House Committee on the Judiciary.

The district of Representative Franks consists of all of Peoria (within the exception of the portion of that city within Yavapai County), Surprise, portions of Glendale in Maricopa County, Mohave County, the Hopi Nation in Navajo, and Coconino counties.

Noting his strong advocacy for children, Representative Franks proudly mentioned his involvement in Operation Smile which provides free surgeries to repair cleft lip, cleft palate and other facial deformities for children around the globe. The congressman introduced the Children's Hope Act in the U.S. Congress and is past Chairman of the Children’s Hope Scholarship Foundation.

Representative Franks is married to Mrs. Josephine Franks, an American of Filipino descent. END.