By Liezelle Soriano
MANILA — President Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. thanked United States President Joe Biden for America’s assistance to the Philippines after the bilateral meeting between the two leaders.
“So thank you again, Mr. President, for making time to see us. We are your partners, we are your allies, we are your friends. And in like fashion, we have always considered the United States our partner, our ally, and our friend,” Marcos said.
Marcos specifically mentioned the 36 million doses of vaccine that America gave to the Philippines.
“We continue to look to the United States for that continuing partnership and the maintenance of peace in our region. In terms of the geopolitical issues that we face in this day and age, the primary consideration of the Philippines and the guiding principle of the Philippine foreign policy is to encourage peace,” he added.
Biden said that the relationship between the Philippines and America has deep roots.
“We’ve had some rocky times but the fact is it’s a critical, critical relationship from our perspective. I hope you feel the same way. And we have strong ties including millions of Filipino-Americans, who are very proud of their ancestry and desperately want us to continue to have a strong relationship,” Biden said.
According to Biden, he expects to discuss the issues of the South China Sea and human rights.
“And so we want to talk about human rights — several whole ranges of things. But I’m mainly — I’m interested to know what’s on your mind and how we can continue to strengthen this relationship,” the US President said. (ai/mtvn)