Bay Area Filipino-Americans Closely Watching Obama's Manila Visit

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Demonstrators clashed with police Wednesday at the U.S. embassy in Manila over President Obama's upcoming visit to the Philippines. At issue is a planned security pact that critics say will increase the U.S. military presence in the country. But many Filipinos support closer security ties and increased trade with America. We discuss U.S.-Philippines relations with members of the Bay Area Filipino-American community.


Jay Gonzalez, professor of government and Global Filipino Studies, Ageno School of Business, Golden Gate University

Odette Keeley, host and executive producer of "New America Now", New America Media's TV program on COMCAST Hometown Network

Terrence Valen, president of the National Alliance for Filipino Concerns

Rodel Rodis, attorney and columnist for the Philippines-based online newspaper