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Trivias about the State Visit of U.S. President George W. Bush to the Philippines

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The state visit of U.S. President George W. Bush on October 18,2003 further cemented Philippine-U.S. relations. It came at a time when the world was on the throes of terrorism which upto now remains unyielding. But firm as the terrorists are, the U.S. and its allies (including the Philippines) are just as determined to seek out and destroy their enemies in a kind of warfare that is not conventional and which could not have an end in sight.

There are no easy solutions when the enemy is faceless and working in ways that are unpredictable and always with an element of surprise. The terrorists seem able to find some chink in the armor of even the most technologically advanced (both economically and militarily) nation on earth.

On a smaller scale, but just as worrying, is the task facing the Philippines in battling its own terrorists on home ground. The wherewithal with which to have a good fighting chance can come only from the U.S. which can supply us with the necessary hardware and technological savvy.

Thus, the visit of President Bush, while symbolically a reaffirmation of the bonds that have tied the two countries for so long, marks a period when all men desirous to preserve democracy must act decisively or face ruin.

Stamps and Official First Day Covers will be available starting February 23 , 2004 at the Philatelic Service, Door 203,Liwasang Bonifacio, 1000 Manila and all Regional Offices of the Philippine Postal Corporation: