Congressman Forbes' work on behalf of the U.S.-Philippine alliance includes:
• Co-sponsored the Filipino Veterans of World War II Congressional Gold Medal Act in the 114th Congress to award a single gold medal collectively to Filipino veterans of World War II in recognition of their heroic contributions to Allied victory.
• Introduced the Asia-Pacific Region Priority Act in the 113th Congress, including language recognizing the Philippines as "at the heart of the United States policy and engagement in the area."
• Called on U.S. allies and partners in the Asia-Pacific to join the U.S. in conducting freedom of navigation operations near China's artificial features in the South China Sea, which directly threatens the Philippines' sovereignty and territorial integrity.
• Delivered keynote address on protecting regional stability in the South China Sea during continued Chinese aggression at the Center for Strategic & International Studies (CSIS) Fifth Annual South China Sea Conference in July 2015.