Duterte, Robredo congratulate US President-elect Joe Biden

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THE Philippines and the United States are seen to enhance its diplomatic ties under a new American President, says Malacañang moments after the US media reported Joe Biden’s victory against re-electionist President Donald Trump.

In a statement, Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said that President Rodrigo Duterte has congratulated Biden for winning the presidency in the US.

On behalf of the Filipino nation, President Rodrigo Roa Duterte wishes to extend his warm congratulations to former Vice President Joseph ‘Joe’ Biden on his election as the new President of the United States of America,” Roque said.

Roque said that the country is committed to further enhance its ties with the US under Biden presidency.

“The Philippines and the United States have long-standing bilateral relations and we are committed to further enhancing the relations with the United States under the Biden administration,” he added.

“We look forward to working closely with the new administration of President-elect Biden anchored on mutual respect, mutual benefit, and shared commitment to democracy, freedom and the rule of law,” Roque said.

“Congratulations and we wish him all the best,” he added.

In a related development, Vice President Leni Robredo has likewise sent congratulatory messages to the new US President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris.

In a tweet, Robredo said Biden’s win is an affirmation of the shared democratic ideals between the Philippines and the United States.

“My warmest congratulations to President-elect @JoeBiden and VP-elect @KamalaHarris! Your victory is an affirmation of the shared ideals on which the long friendship between our two nations stand: democracy, civil rights, faith, and inclusivity. I pray for your success!”

Biden won the presidency on Saturday after a bitter election campaign, and promised he would work to unify a deeply divided country, even as President Donald Trump refused to accept defeat, Reuters reported.

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