US vows to ‘stand united’ with PH on multiple fronts
MANILA, Philippines — The United States has committed to “stand united” with the Philippines in a mutual pursuit of development, especially under the administration of President Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr.
Chargé d’Affaires Heather Variava, during the US Embassy in Manila’s commemoration of the 246th anniversary of the declaration of US Independence on Friday, stressed the US’ promise to continue strengthening ties with the Philippines by “working closely” with the Marcos administration in ensuring “a prosperous, healthy, and safe future for the peoples of both our nations.”
This sentiment echoed the earlier statement of US Second Gentleman Douglas Emhoff, husband of US Vice President Kamala Harris, who said that the US is looking forward to working with the Philippines’ new leadership on a variety of issues.
“We firmly stand united with the Philippines moving to greater heights. And together, we look forward to moving on to greater heights,” Variava said.
“Together, we look forward to developing new trade and investment opportunities that create jobs and spur economic growth. Together, we look forward to partnering on clean energy solutions, protecting marine and terrestrial resources, and tackling the climate crisis. Together, we look forward to supporting peace and security throughout the Indo-Pacific region. And together, we look forward to creating educational and leadership opportunities for youth, to offer them, and their communities, a brighter future,” she added.
Variava also recalled the bolstered relationship of the US with the Philippines especially during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic.
“The US and the Philippines have come so far in confronting the pandemic and related challenges over the past two years. Americans and Filipinos around the world have worked hand-in-hand and stood united as we tackled these challenges,” she underscored.
The Philippines has been on the receiving end of millions worth of COVID-19 vaccine donations from the US government.
The US likewise extended assistance when Typhoon Odette battered parts of the Philippines in 2021.
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