PHILIPPINE Ambassador to the United States Jose Manuel G. Romualdez led the Philippine delegation to the “Meeting of the Ministers of the Global Coalition to Defeat ISIS.”
Held on February 6, 2019 at the US Department of State, the Ministerial meeting was hosted by US Secretary of State Michael Pompeo and is considered to be the coalition’s largest gathering to date of representatives from the coalition’s 79 members. The Philippines is the 75th member of the coalition, having joined in early 2018.
Romualdez in his brief remarks took the opportunity to highlight the Philippine Government’s successful efforts to combat the siege of Marawi, with the help of allies especially the United States.
He expressed the Philippine Government’s continued commitment to address the prevailing threat of terrorism and the enablers of terrorists and terrorist organizations, such as illegal trade and trafficking of illegal drugs.
The Ambassador also underscored the Philippines’ commitment, as a responsible member of the international community, to doing its part in the global efforts to completely annihilate ISIS.
On the sidelines of the meeting, Romualdez had the chance to engage with Lt. Gen Michael Negata, Director for Strategic Planning of the National Counterterrorism Center on the global and transnational threats posed by ISIS.
The Ministerial Meeting was also an opportunity for US President Donald Trump to speak on US priorities in the fight against ISIS and to commend the efforts of the coalition as valuable partners.
Representatives from the Philippine Embassy, including Defense and Armed Forces Attaché BGen Marlo Guloy, joined the Ambassador as members of the Philippine delegation in the meeting.