Cayetano thanks Fil-Americans for helping keep PH-US ties strong

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Oct 02 2017 12:02 AM

Foreign Affairs Secretary Alan Peter S. Cayetano meets with United States Solicitor General Noel Francisco at the Department of Justice in Washington DC.

Foreign Affairs Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano thanked Filipino-Americans for helping ensure that the relationship between the Philippines and the United States would always remains strong.

"We are thankful to the thousands of Filipino-Americans for keeping our people-to-people ties with the US strong," Cayetano said after meeting with US Solicitor General Noel Francisco in Washington, DC, last week. 

"Filipino-Americans are one of the reasons why we are confident that our relations with the US will always bounce back despite the challenges that we encounter when the interests of our two countries diverge," he added said.

Cayetano also commended Solicitor General Francisco and other Filipino-Americans currently serving in the Trump administration for bringing pride and honor to the Philippines. 

"We are proud to see Solicitor General Francisco and other Americans with Filipino heritage holding very important positions in President Trump's administration," he said.

Francisco is currently the highest ranking Filipino-American in the Trump administration. He was appointed to his position in March and confirmed by the Senate in September.

The other Filipino-Americans in the Trump administration are lawyer George Conway III, head of the civil division of the Department of Justice; and Ninio Joseph Fetalino, White House Assistant Press Secretary. 

According to the Embassy, there are approximately 3.4 million Filipinos and Filipino-Americans in the United States. 

Cayetano was accompanied during the meeting by Foreign Affairs Undersecretary Jose Luis Montales, Foreign Affairs Assistant Secretary Maria Andrelita Austria and Embassy Chargé d'Affaires Patrick Chuasoto.