U.S. President Joe Biden called Ferdinand (Bongbong) Marcos Jr. on Thursday to congratulate him on his resounding victory after the preliminary results of the recent Philippine elections.
Biden is one of the first heads of state to reach out to Marcos Jr., whose win completes the Marcos family’s decades-long ambition to return to Malacañang after Filipinos ousted the family out of power in 1988.
“President Biden underscored that he looks forward to working with the President-elect to continue strengthening the U.S.-Philippine Alliance, while expanding bilateral cooperation on a wide range of issues, including the fight against COVID-19, addressing the climate crisis, promoting broad-based economic growth, and respect for human rights,” the White House said in a statement.
China also congratulated Marcos Jr. and presumptive Philippine vice president Sara Duterte.
China’s President Xi Jinping also spoke with Marcos Jr. on Wednesday.
“I attach great importance to the development of China-Philippines relations and am willing to establish a good working relationship with President-elect Marcos, adhere to good neighborliness and friendship,” Xi said.
Huang expressed confidence that Marcos Jr. and Duterte, who campaigned on a promise of ‘unity’, will demonstrate unprecedented unity to rise above all challenges, recover from the pandemic, and prosper.
“And I have no doubt that under the next administration, our bilateral relations will only become stronger, our peoples closer, and our cooperation deeper and wider,” Huang said.
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