Malacañang on Wednesday congratulated anew United States President Joe Biden hours before his scheduled inauguration, saying the Philippine government is looking forward to have close and friendly relations with the new US administration.
“Well, of course it’s always good news that democracy has prevailed and we congratulate again the incoming President and we look forward to having close and friendly relations with the Biden administration,” presidential spokesperson Harry Roque said in an interview.
Biden was to sworn as the 46th President of America on Wednesday midnight in Manila.
We congratulate again the incoming President and we look forward to having close and friendly relations with the Biden administration.
Earlier, Roque said the relationship with the Biden administration will be anchored on “mutual respect, mutual benefit and shared commitment to democracy, freedom, and the rule of law.”
Duterte and his allies often blast foreigners who appear to meddle with the country’s domestic affairs when they seek to hold him accountable over alleged human rights abuses in his anti-narcotics campaign which has so far killed over 5,000 drug suspects according to government data. Human rights groups peg the fatalities at 20,000.
Duterte has also maintained a cordial relationship with former US President Donald Trump, even if he sought closer ties with China and Russia.
He previously warned the US that he will order the suspension anew of the Visiting Forces Agreement, a military pact that allows American soldiers participating in joint military drills to visit Manila sans passport and visa, if Washington fails to immediately deliver at least 20 million vaccines to the Philippines.