By Junex Doronio
July 27, 2022
MANILA — “A friend to all, an enemy to none” boomed President Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. in his first State of the Nation Address (SONA) on Monday which drew applause, and French Ambassador to the Philippines Michèle Boccoz could not help but expressed her awe and described the foreign policy of the country’s 17th Chief Executive as “very strong.”
Boccoz was particularly impressed when PBBM stressed that the Philippines would not give up any part of its territory to any foreign power.
“With respect to our place in the community of nations, the Philippines shall continue to be a friend to all. And an enemy to none,” the President said in his first State of the Nation Address (SONA) on Monday, July 25.
Boccoz revealed that France has a fleet in the Pacific.
“This is something that we noted: not a square inch of the Philippine territory being given away,” she pointed out.
In his first SONA, Marcos Jr. stressed: “We will be a good neighbor — always looking for ways to collaborate and cooperate with the end goal of mutually beneficial outcomes.”
“What we took good note of when listening to the speech is also the very strong position in foreign policy. It’s about mentioning defense and security. It’s one of the areas where we are very much involved, and we continue to be involved,” Boccoz told reporters in an interview at the French ambassador’s residence.
The French envoy said that France and the Philippines could further develop their cooperation on the matter.
She added that aside from helping protect Philippine territory, France could work on many areas with the new administration such as energy, infrastructure, and economy.
“These are areas that we can be a lot more proactive and working a lot more together,” Boccoz further said. (ai/mtvn)