Thursday, August 10, 2006

5 US solons due here, will meet GMA, affirm ties

Republican Illinois, United States Rep. Henry Hayde, chairman of the United States House of Representatives International Relations Committee, will lead a delegation of five representatives from the United States Congress to the Philippines on Aug. 11-13.

With Hyde are Reps. Melvin Watt (Democrat, North Carolina), Dana Rohrabacher (Republican, California), Jeff Flake (Republica, Arizona), and Eni F.H. Falemavaega (American Samoa).

The delegation will meet with President Arroyo to discuss economic, political, and security issues and to reaffirm US-Philippine bilateral ties. The visiting congressmen are all members of the House International Relations Committee.

While in Manila, the delegation will join US and Filipino veterans at a ceremony at the Manila American Cemetery and Memorial in Fort Bonifacio, Taguig City where Hyde will lay a wreath to honor his fellow veterans who died defending the nation’s freedom.

Hyde fought in World War 2 as a US naval commander, and participated in the Allied landings in Lingayen Gulf in Pangasinan in January 1945.

The ceremony at the American Cemetery, on Friday, Aug. 11, 4 p.m., will be open to media coverage.

Hyde will make brief remarks during the ceremony, and will be available to answer questions about his military service in World War 2 in the Philippines

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