US Embassy in Manila assures closer US-PH ties regardless of election results

Published November 4, 2020, 1:21 PM

by Roy Mabasa

Regardless of the outcome of the tightly contested United States Presidential Election, the US Embassy in Manila on Wednesday assured it will continue to work hard to fulfill the goal of ensuring their most productive and best possible relationships with the Philippine government and the Filipino people.

A King County Elections worker collects a vote from a driver and puts it in the ballot drop box at the Seattle Public Library (Karen Ducey/Getty Images/AFP / MANILA BULLETIN)

“Our goal is to find those areas where US-Philippine interests correspond and do our best to have the most productive relationship for the benefit of both our peoples. We will do that regardless of the election results in the US,” said US Embassy Chargé d’Affaires John Law.

Speaking at the sidelines of the 2020 US Presidential Election Watch Party hosted by the Embassy, Law said the ties between Manila and Washington are both “very strong” and “very, very old” and will continue whichever side wins in the polls.

“There have been Republicans and Democratic presidents of the US and different administrations in the Philippines. One constant has been the relationship between our peoples, and the relationship between our countries is always very strong. I’m quite certain it will continue,” he added.

Amid the raucous and bitter campaigning between the two presidential protagonists, Law noted the “excitement” brought by the political exercise to the American voters that resulted in a very high turnout.

“I think that’s a good sign. It means the people want to participate. At the end of the day, every election is a chance for us, the citizens, to tell the government how we want them to change their policies or continue their policies and they make our voices heard,” Law said.

Regardless of the results, the top US Embassy official stressed the importance for every democracy to have both successful and strong institutions and elections.

“I think what you’re going to see coming out of the United States today is another example of a citizenry, of a people that care about their democracy,” he said.