President-elect Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. was slated to meet the United States’ second-highest diplomat during her scheduled visit to the Philippines this week.
In a statement, the State Department said that Deputy Secretary of State Wendy Sherman will meet with Marcos and senior officials from both the incoming and outgoing administrations “to discuss new opportunities to deepen” the cooperation between Manila and Washington on Friday.
Marcos spoke with a number of envoys both before and after Congress named him the country’s next president.
Marcos has already met with Brunei Darussalam Ambassador Johariah WahabItalian and Italian Ambassador Marco Clemente on Monday.
Sherman’s trip to the Philippines is part of a 10-day trip to Asia until June 14 where her first stop was in Seoul, then she will arrive in Manila.
“She will also participate in a business roundtable and an event in celebration of World Oceans Day,” a portion of the US State Department’s statement read.
Following Sherman’s engagements in the Philippines, the US envoy will travel to Vientiane, Laos’ capital and Vietnam.
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