Duterte says PH will work with US for world peace; conveys greetings to US Pres. Biden, VP Harris

Published January 21, 2021, 1:05 PM

by Genalyn Kabiling

The Philippines will continue its partnership with the United States in building “a freer, more peaceful world” following the assumption to office by new United States President Joe Biden, Malacañang said Thursday.

WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. President-elect Joe Biden fist bumps newly sworn-in Vice President Kamala Harris after she took the oath of office on the West Front of the U.S. Capitol on January 20, 2021 in Washington, DC.
(Drew Angerer/Getty Images/AFP / MANILA BULLETIN)

The latest commitment of Manila to work with the United States came as President Duterte sent his warm greetings and best wishes to Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris and cited America’s commitment to democratic ideals, according to his spokesman Harry Roque.

“America has once again shown us how deep are its roots in democracy. It has always been an exemplar to the world and today it has reassured the world that its people remain committed to peaceful electoral transitions and the noble principles of representative democracy,” Roque said during a televised press briefing Thursday.

“We in the Philippines look forward to continuing our long standing partnership with United States in working together for a freer, more peaceful world,” he added.

Manila is also optimistic about the leadership of President Biden in the United States. “We’re confident that President Biden will wear his new mantle of leadership with pride and with due regard for the hopes and aspirations for the rest of the world,” Roque said.

Biden was sworn in as the 46th president of the United States, ending the chaotic term of Donald Trump. The new US leader called on America to end its “uncivil war” and forge unity in face of daunting challenges.

Harris also made history when she became the first woman and first woman of color to become vice president of the United States.

Presidential Communications Secretary Martin Andanar also extended his congratulations and best wishes to Biden and Harris.

With the assumption of the Biden administration, Andanar said he hopes for a sustained strategic alliance between the Philippines and the United States.

“As we continue to mutually uphold our mutual interests, especially our collective fight against and recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic, may this new chapter in American politics and society continue to promote the long-standing and strategic relationship of the Philippines with the United States,” Andanar said.

“May the Biden administration deliver policies and priorities that promote the interests of the American people and embody the ideals of democracy. We wish the Biden administration all the best,” he added.