Ambassador Carlson Reinforces U.S. Commitment to Philippine Alliance in Leyte, Samar Trip

U.S. Ambassador to the Philippines Mary Kay Carlson leads the awarding of the Congressional Gold Medal to one of 31 Filipino World War II veterans who received the honor Oct. 19 in Palo, Leyte.

Manila, October 20, 2022— From October 18-20, U.S. Ambassador to the Philippines MaryKay Carlson traveled to Eastern Samar and Leyte provinces to commemorate the shared sacrifices of the United States and the Philippines during World War II and to strengthen the US commitment to the alliance.

Ambassador Carlson joins President Ferdinand
Ambassador Carlson joins President Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr., Leyte Governor Carlos Jericho Petilla and Philippine Visayas Command Chief Lt. Gen. Robert Dauz to commemorate the 78th anniversary of the Leyte Gulf landings on 20 October in Palo, Leyte.

In Eastern Samar, Ambassador Carlson visited the Bells of Balangiga at the Parish Church of San Lorenzo de Martir and met with the Mayor of Balangiga, Dana Flynch of Lira. She is the first Ambassador to visit the Bells after returning to Balangiga in 2018, reflecting the strong bond and mutual respect between the United States and the Philippines.

In Palo, Leyte, Ambassador Carlson joined Philippine President Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr., Leyte Provincial Government officials and dignitaries at the 78th anniversary of the landing of Allied forces in Leyte Gulf during World War II world.

“General MacArthur’s words on his return still resonate today. He said, “We have come dedicated and committed…” These words continue to embody the strong bonds between our two nations as devoted friends, partners and allies who are committed to ensuring a free, open, prosperous and secure world. safe for our peoples. said Ambassador Carlson.

Ambassador Carlson also participated in a Congressional Gold Medal ceremony honoring 31 Filipino World War II veterans.

While in Leyte, the Ambassador visited local officials and community members in Barangay 62-A, where the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) worked with Plan International following from the devastation of Super Typhoon Yolanda on a Build Back Better (C3B) community project. who have rebuilt houses and improved water, sanitation and hygiene facilities. She also met with the Governor of Leyte, Carlos Jericho Petilla, and the Mayor of Tacloban, Alfred Romualdez.

Ambassador Carlson capped off her trip by participating in the 75th day celebrations of the Ormoc Diamond Charter. The festivities were attended by President Marcos, Secretary of Interior and Local Government Benjamin “Benhur” Abalos Jr., Secretary of Public Works Manuel Bonoan, Secretary of Tourism Maria Esperanza Christina Garcia-Frasco, Representative of the Leyte Fourth District Richard Gomez and Ormoc Mayor Lucy Torres-Gomez. .

Ambassador Carlson thanked Samareños and Leyteños for the warmth and hospitality extended to him at each of his stops.

“As President Biden noted during his meeting with President Marcos in New York last month, our bilateral relationship is critically important. It is a relationship of friends, partners and allies that has deep roots and lasting value,” she said. “We at the U.S. Embassy look forward to working with all of you as we continue to deepen and expand our longstanding relationship. .”

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