Marcos not yet set on first state visit—Angeles

Published July 4, 2022, 2:08 PM

by Betheena Unite

President Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. has yet to identify where his first state visit would be, the presidential communications secretary said.

President Ferdinand ‘Bongbong’ Marcos Jr. meets US Second Gentleman Douglas Emhoff during the Vin d’honneur held at the National Museum on June 30, 2022. (Photo courtesy of Malacañang)

Marcos recently received an open invitation from United States President Joseph Biden to visit Washington.

The invitation, however, has yet to be acknowledged by the President, according to Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO)Trixie Cruz-Angeles.

“Let’s wait for Malacañang to make the formal acknowledgement of the invitation, that’s how it goes,” Angeles said during a press briefing on Monday, July 4.

“We wait for the formal acknowledgement and then the President will indicate whether or not he is accepting the invitation,” Angeles added.

The Communications secretary explained that Marcos will have to first make a formal acknowledgement on the invitations he is receiving because these are “state matters, state functions.”

Philippine Ambassador to the US Jose Manuel Romualdez, in a recent interview, disclosed that Marcos wants to check domestic issues first before embarking a trip to the US.

The President is also looking into visiting other ASEAN countries but visiting the US is “very much in the radar,” Romualdez said.

Biden’s invitation for Marcos was relayed through US Second Gentleman Douglas Emhoff, Biden’s special envoy, during Marcos’ inauguration as the 17th Philippine President on June 30.