United States President Joe Biden has expressed readiness to work with presumptive president Ferdinand Marcos Jr., who they congratulated for winning in the May 9 polls.
In a press readout, the White House said US President Joe Biden congratulated Marcos in a phone call on May 11 (US time) and spoke of his plan to further strengthen the US-Philippines alliance and expand cooperation on areas of mutual interests.
“President Joseph R. Biden, Jr. spoke today with President-elect Ferdinand Marcos Jr. of the Philippines to congratulate him on his election,” the White House said.
“President Biden underscored that he looks forward to working with the President-elect to continue strengthening the U.S.-Philippine Alliance, while expanding bilateral cooperation on a wide range of issues, including the fight against Covid-19, addressing the climate crisis, promoting broad-based economic growth, and respect for human rights,” it added.
Earlier, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken congratulated Marcos Jr. on his apparent victory in the May 9 elections, and said the State Department looks forward to strengthening the alliance between the US and the Philippines.
“On behalf of the United States, I congratulate President-elect Ferdinand Marcos Jr. on his election as the Philippines’ next president. We look forward to working with President-elect Marcos to strengthen the enduring alliance between the United States and the Philippines,” he said in a press statement.
“Our special partnership is rooted in a long and deeply interwoven history, shared values and interests, and strong people-to-people ties,” he added.
He noted that Washington D.C. would likewise continue to cooperate with Manila “to promote respect for human rights and to advance a free and open, connected, prosperous, secure, and resilient Indo-Pacific region.”
The proclamation of the new president and vice president will be made by Congress, which is tasked to canvass the vote for the two executive positions. Upon proclamation, the incoming president will be known as the president-elect of the Philippines.
Marcos has secured double the votes of his rival Vice President Leni Robredo in the recently held elections.
According to the Commission on Elections’ transparency server, Marcos garnered 31.1 million while Robredo got 14.8 million votes based on the 98.35 percent of election returns processed as of May 12.