Republican-controlled US Senate beneficial to PH: Cuisia

by Paul Henson, ABS-CBN News North America Bureau

Posted at Nov 06 2014 12:40 PM | Updated as of Nov 06 2014 08:40 PM

SAN FRANCISCO, California - Philippine Ambassador to the US Jose Cuisia, Jr. is confident that a Republican-controlled Senate will support pieces of legislation that will benefit the Philippines and the rest of Asia.

He also believes military and economic support will continue.

Republicans won the Senate on Monday, which allows the party control over Congress. The win means more political clashes with US President Barack Obama, who had called for an Asian pivot during his second term in the presidency.

Some analysts said Republicans are likely to focus more on Russia and the Middle East, but Cuisia said Republicans are committed to military support to the Philippines.

He cited as an example the humanitarian assistance of US troops to super typhoon Yolanda victims.

Cuisia also stressed the importance of the Enhanced Defense Cooperation Agreement (EDCA), which was inked during President Obama's visit to Manila in April.

This, despite calls to scrap the EDCA, along with the Visiting Forces Agreement (VFA, because of the recent Jennifer Laude murder case. The prime suspect, Joseph Scott Pemberton, is a US marine.

As the US government moves forward following the midterm polls, Cuisia said another issue to look out for is Obama's long-delayed executive action on immigration reform.

Cuisia called on the members of the Filipino-American community to be more united in the hope that it can become the strongest Asian minority group in the US.

He also hopes more Filipino-Americans will run for public office and help shape the future policy of this country.