Duterte hopes for better PH-China ties in Year of the Ox

Published February 13, 2021, 12:32 PM

by Argyll Cyrus Geducos

President Duterte wished for the Philippines and China to have even stronger relations this year as the world greeted the Year of the Ox.


In a video message posted by the Chinese Embassy in Manila on its Twitter account Saturday morning, Duterte wished that both countries will enjoy better ties this year.

“I would like to greet President Xi Jinping and the Chinese people a Happy Lunar New Year celebration,” he said.

“May this new year find us all working together to further strengthen the friendship and cooperation between our governments and people,” he added.

The President also wished that the Year of the Ox will be rewarding for everyone, noting their hard work, especially during the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic.

In a statement, Communications Secretary Martin Andanar wished that 2021 will be the year that everyone recovers from the effects of the health crisis.

“The year 2020 has been a challenging year in many ways for everyone around the globe due to the COVID-19 pandemic. However, we have all strived to endure these challenges together,” he said.

“May 2021 be the year for our collective recovery from the virus and the effects it has had on our lives, as we continue to undertake measures to ensure our commitment in this regard,” he added.

However, he reminded the public to be mindful of the health protocols as they celebrate the Year of the Ox.

“As we celebrate this occasion, let’s be reminded of the health protocols and minimum health standards to minimize the transmission of the virus,” Andanar said.