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03/05/2012: U.S. MEDIA ORGANIZATIONS SHOW GREAT INTEREST IN PHILIPPINE SECRETARY'S VISIT

Foreign Secretary Albert del Rosario is mobbed by journalists following his lecture last May 2 at the Heritage Foundation in Washington, D.C.

03 May 2012, Washington DC. Philippine Foreign Secretary Albert F. del Rosario's visit to Washington, D.C. this week has gained the attention of the United States' most influential media organizations, including The New York Times.

In an article entitled "U.S. Reaffirms Defense of Philippines in Standoff With China," which appeared yesterday, Mr. Floyd Whaley of The New York Times noted that "senior leaders from the United States and the Philippines have reaffirmed their longstanding commitment to mutual defense." It quoted the remarks made by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, following the April 30 ministerial consultations, that "(the U.S.) opposes the threat or use of force by any party to advance its claim and we will remain in close contact with our ally, the Philippines."

The article noted that the 2 Plus 2 Philippine-U.S. Ministerial Consultations "took place as the standoff in the South China Sea entered its fourth week." It described the rhetoric between Manila and Beijing, that is resulting from the Scarborough Shoal standoff, as belligerent and cited the Philippine government's efforts to resolve the dispute.

The meeting also involved U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta and Philippine Defense Secretary Voltaire Gazmin, who was quoted by the paper to have said, "We are also mindful that our efforts to further our alliance need to be in full consideration of our respective national laws and political context."

The full text of the article may be read in the following link, http://www.nytimes.com/2012/05/02/world/asia/us-reaffirms-defense-of-philippines-in-standoff-with-china.html. (END)