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Quezon weighs in on Obama victory

Posted at | Updated as of 11/10/12 8:48 AM

MANILA, Philippines -- After the re-election of US President Barack Obama, one thing is for sure: the relationship between the Philippines and the US will be smoother, Presidential Communications Development
and Strategic Planning Undersecretary Manuel Quezon III said.

"You don't have a learning curve anymore. Magkakilala na tayo. Our officials know their officials. We know their game; they know ours. It's smoother," he told ANC’s "Headstart” on Thursday.

Quezon also said that Democrat Obama's victory over his opponent, Republican Mitt Romney, was somehow expected.

He noted that Romney focused too much on solid Republican supporters who were mainly white and conservative voters, and failed to acknowledge the change in demographics in the US.

Quezon said studies showed that more minority babies were born last year than white babies.

"If that trend continues, by about 2035 the US will no longer be a majority white country."

"If you're a Republican, eh 'di magiging minority ka na. So kailangan mo na akitin 'yung iba," Quezon added.

He also noted that Romney's plan on tightening immigration policies in the US encouraged the Latinos, who have become the biggest and fastest-growing minority group in the US, to vote for Obama.

Obama, meanwhile, had a very clear strategy, Quezon said.

"In the US, it's not winning everything. It's winning the right math when it comes to the states," he said.

Earlier reports showed that 73% of the Asian American population in the US voted for Obama.

Quezon said Obama's diverse coalition, which consisted mainly of Blacks, Asian Americans, Latinos, women and youth, helped him win the presidential elections.

Fil-Am voters' potential not yet maximized


Quezon said, however, that only a very small percentage of the Filipino community, which makes up 19.7 percent of the Asian American population in the US, participated in the elections.

Among Asian-Americans, the population of Filipinos in the US is the second biggest next to Chinese. Approximately 3.4 million Filipinos currently stay in the US.

Quezon said only approximately 5 to 20 percent of the 3 million electorate actually vote.

He also said not many Filipinos engage themselves in political affairs.

"(There is) so much potential. Remember, 'di holiday ang voting day, so mamimili ka -- voting or working? Magtatrabaho ka na lang," Quezon said.

But noting that the Filipino population in the US is continuously rising, "liligawan talaga sila," Quezon said.