Committee on International Relations
U.S. House of Representatives
Henry J. Hyde, Chairman

CONTACT: (202) 226-7875, August 12, 2006

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Hyde Comments on Visit to the Philippines
WWII Veteran leads bipartisan delegation to key ally in war on terror


(MANILA) U.S. Rep. Henry J. Hyde (R-IL), Chairman of the House Committee on International Relations, released the following statement regarding his visit to the Republic of the Philippines:

Over the past two days, we have met with key Filipino and American officials on timely topics of mutual interest, including our shared struggle against terrorism, our support for peace and development in the Southern Philippines, and our efforts to secure economic prosperity for both our peoples. Our meetings with President Arroyo, Speaker of the House de Venecia, and Secretary of National Defense Cruz have provided a productive opportunity to reaffirm the deep and abiding friendship between the United States and the Republic of the Philippines.

As a veteran of the Lingayen landing and liberation of Luzon 61 years ago, I was particularly moved by our wreath-laying at the Manila American Cemetery, ground hallowed by the presence of more than 17,000 American servicemen, my brothers in arms who gave their lives during the Second World War. Joined by a number of American and Filipino veterans and survivors of Japanese internment camps, it was a poignant opportunity to express our gratitude for their sacrifices in the service of liberty

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