Department of Foreign Affairs Secretary Perfecto Yasay, Jr. (seated at front, left) during a town hall meeting in New York on Sept. 21. (Photo by Lambert Parong for Kababayan Media/ CC BY)
Foreign Affairs Secretary Perfecto Yasay, Jr. assured the American doctors who will go to the Philippines under CFC ANCOP USA’s drug rehabilitation program of safe and unhampered stay.
Yasay was at a town hall meeting at the Kalayaan Hall of the Philippine Consulate General in New York on Sept. 21.
According to Roger Santos, ANCOP USA Executive Director, Yasay assured him there would be no problem.
When President Rodrigo Duterte made remarks about sending home the American soldiers helping in Mindanao’s anti-terrorist activities, the doctors expressed concern and hesitation to proceed to Manila.
“Secretary Yasay appreciated the ANCOP USA project and assured us that there would be no problem. He also said that there would be no change in Philippines-U.S. relations,” said Santos.
The global family renewal movement Couples for Christ (CFC) and its work for the poor arm, Answering the Cry of the Poor (ANCOP), in partnership with two Catholic priests will embark on a drug rehabilitation program in the Philippines.
The program is called “Healing, Not Killing.”
“We thought of this project in our desire to help those, mostly poor, who have come out and admitted their addiction, to get healed and to return to their communities with self-worth and as useful members,” said Santos, also a former TOFA-NY awardee for community activities.
Secretary Perfecto Yasay, Jr. (left) with Roger Santos.