Presumptive president Bongbong Marcos has invited United States (US) President Joe Biden to the former’s inauguration on June 30, 2022 in Manila.
This was one of the details between the phone conversation between Marcos and Biden, which took place at 9 a.m. (local time) on Thursday, May 12. It was Biden whio made the call.
A statement from the Marcos camp said the American leader congratulated the UniTeam bet on his “overwhelming victory that saw more than 31 million Filipinos rallying behind the former senator’s call for unity”.
Marcos assured Biden that “The Philippines has always held the United States in high regard as a friend, an ally, and a partner.”
“I have also invited President Biden to my inaugural on June 30, which could further fortify the relationship of the two countries,” he said.
The statement didn’t say anything about Biden’s response to the invitation.
A separate statement released by the White House later confirmed the conversation between Biden and Marcos.
“President Joseph R. Biden, Jr. spoke today with President-elect Ferdinand Marcos Jr. of the Philippines to congratulate him on his election,” the statement said.
The US is the Philippines’s longtime ally. Their friendship was cast in stone in 1946, right after they emerged victorious against Imperial Japan during the World War II.