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US praises new Philippine president, wants to ‘strengthen’ relations

The United States today “congratulated” Ferdinand ‘Bongbong’ Marcos, son of former dictator Ferdinand Marcos, for winning the presidential election in the Philippines, promising to “strengthen the lasting alliance” with that Asian country.

As friends, partners, and allies, we will continue to work closely with the Philippines to promote respect for human rights and a free, open, connected, prosperous, secure, and resilient Indo-Pacific region,” said the northern diplomacy leader. American, Antony Blinken, quoted in a statement.

“We look forward to working with President-elect Marcos to strengthen the lasting alliance between the United States and the Philippines,” he added.

Also Kurt Campbell, a member of the National Security Council, where he has the Indo-Pacific portfolio, considered that, given the “crucial role” of the Philippines in the region, Washington would continue to seek “a close partnership in the field of security” and ” strengthening of economic and trade relations”.

The United States supports Manila in its maritime disputes with China and counts on this key partner in its growing confrontation with Beijing.

Ferdinand ‘Bongbong’ Marcos declared himself the winner of the presidential elections that took place last Monday in the Philippines, although the official results are not yet known.

At a press conference today in Manila, Vic Rodríguez, the spokesman for ‘Bongbong’ Marcos, said that the candidate declares himself “president-elect” and that Sara Duterte-Carpio, daughter of the former head of state Rodrigo Duterte, will be deputy. -President of the Philippines.

According to the provisional results, Marcos got 31 million votes (more than 56%), double that of opponent Leni Robredo, while Duterte-Carpio reached 31 million votes.

The counting of votes is a slow process in the Philippines and the official result is not expected to be known until the next few weeks.

“Filipinos have spoken decisively: Ferdinand ‘Bongbong’ Marcos Júnior will be the 16th president of the Philippines. With historic numbers, people used the vote to unite the nation. This is a victory for all Filipinos and for democracy “, indicated Rodriguez.

[Marcos] pledges to be the president of all Filipinos and to seek consensus in [current] political divisions and to work together to unite the nation,” the spokesperson said.

“‘Bongbong’ is interested in working across the country, with partners and international organizations to tackle the critical problems facing the nation and wants to start with solutions,” said Rodríguez.

One of Marcos’s first public acts after the elections was a visit to his father’s grave, buried in the Manila Heroes Cemetery, where he laid flowers.

The images of the visit to the cemetery are being released today through the official account of ‘Bongbong’ Marcos on the social network Twitter.

The visit comes a day after Marcos said he will work for all Filipinos asking that past acts not be judged.

“Do not judge me by my ancestors but by my actions,” Marcos said through his spokesman, Vic Rodríguez, in a statement read on Tuesday night.

The regime of her father, the former dictator of the Philippines, caused the death of 3,000 people in extrajudicial executions and had more than 35,000 citizens tortured.

During their dictatorship (1965-1986), Ferdinand Marcos embezzled more than 10 billion dollars from the State.

Recently, a disinformation and propaganda campaign that has lasted over the last few years has tried to whitewash the authoritarian regime of dictator Ferdinand Marcos (1917-1989).

Source: With Agencies

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