Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL), the ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee’s East Asian and Pacific Affairs Subcommittee and a member of the Select Committee on Intelligence, today made an official visit to the Philippines. Rubio’s first stop was Tacloban, a city recently devastated by Typhoon Haiyan, where he reviewed ongoing recovery efforts and was briefed by government officials and non-governmental organizations on the ground.
“It was painful to see the devastation in Tacloban and hear the tragic stories of people there. But I also saw encouraging evidence of Filipinos who are determined to rebuild their lives and country,” said Rubio. “The United States has an indispensable role to play in these recovery efforts by providing humanitarian and military assistance, including several of our men and women in uniform who I was honored to meet today.
“Our friends in the Philippines are resilient and strong, but they need our continued support,” Rubio added. “The United States must remain strongly engaged in helping the Filipino get back on their feet.”
Below are photos from Rubio’s visit (the pictures can be viewed in higher quality here). In addition to Monday’s and Tuesday’s activities, more trip updates can be found at @MarcoRubio, Rubio’s personal Twitter account.
Rubio gets briefed by Department of Social Welfare and Development Secretary Corazon Soliman in Tacloban, Philippines:
Rubio listens as Mayor Alfred Romualdez describes how the storm surge rose 20 feet:
Rubio bagging coffee at the food distribution center in Tacloban:
Rubio meets with an American non-governmental organization:
Note: all photos can be credited to the office of U.S. Senator Marco Rubio.