It often seems we only hear about the Philippines when a typhoon, earthquake, or mudslide claims lives in that country.
But prepare to hear a little more about this key U.S. ally as Washington places greater importance on Asia-Pacific trade.
Jose Cuisia, Jr., Philippine ambassador to the United States, recently talked with CBN News's Gary Lane about why engagement with the region is important to both America and the Philippines.
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**Originally aired December 6, 2012.