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CONGRESSMAN ROBERT A. UNDERWOOD Delegate from Guam U.S. House of Representatives Washington, D.C.

NEWS RELEASE July 27, 2000


In a meeting today in Washington, Congressman Robert A. Underwood had an opportunity to meet and talk with Republic of the Philippines President Joseph Estrada, who is on a weeklong visit to the United States.

"Today was his first day in Washington, and as part of a four-member delegation from Congress, we met and discussed a number of issues relative to the situation in our part of the world," the Congressman said, adding that the discussions included Philippine military strength and its role as a stabilizing force in the area, and the Status of Forces Agreement recently approved by the Philippine Senate. "I also took the opportunity to invite him to come to Guam."

Later, President Estrada and his foreign minister privately thanked Congressman Underwood for his introduction of a resolution calling on the United States to be more responsive toward environmental cleanup efforts in the former military bases at Subic and at Clark Air Force Base.

Estrada is scheduled to meet with President Clinton in the White House tomorrow. "Two members of Congress have been invited to that meeting - myself and Congressman Bob Filner, from San Diego, whose district is home to a significant number of Filipino Americans and who, along with me, has taken a strong lead on the Filipino Veterans issue," Underwood said.

"I'll have the opportunity to meet with both President Estrada and President Clinton to raise some issues regarding our regional relationship and to try to get President Estrada to stop on Guam," Underwood said.

For additional information, contact: Cathy Gault at 671-477-4272

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