Marcos to visit Singapore and Indonesia in September

Philippine President Ferdinand Marcos
Philippine President Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos Jr. speaks during a change of command ceremony at Camp Aguinaldo on August 8, 2022 in Quezon City, Metro Manila, Philippines. (Photo by Ezra Acayan/Getty Images)

Philippine President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. will make a state visit to Singapore next month at the invitation of Singapore President Halimah Yacob, immediately after a trip to Indonesia.

In response to media queries, a spokesperson for Singapore's Ministry of Foreign Affairs said on Friday (August 19) that the visit would take place on September 6-7. "We look forward to welcoming President Marcos to Singapore."

On Friday, Inquirer reported that Press Secretary Trixie Cruz-Angeles said Marcos will make state visits to Indonesia (September 4-6) and Singapore. She added that Marcos’ visit to the United States for the United Nations (UN) General Assembly is still being “worked out.”

Philippine Ambassador to the United States Jose Manuel "Babe" Romualdez told reporters on Wednesday that Marcos plans to visit Indonesia before his possible trip to New York for the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA).

"Ang proposed visits niya, uunahin niya yung Indonesia sana. The President is looking at his schedule kung saan siya makakapunta but definitely it will before he goes to New York," Romualdez said.

([Marcos] proposed to visit Indonesia first. The President is looking at his schedule to see where he can go first but definitely, it will come before he goes to New York.)

He added that the Department of Foreign Affairs is already fixing Marcos’ schedule.

"Yang dalawang bayan na 'yan is already on the table at pinaplano na lang ng DFA kung ano yung appropriate time for him to be able to visit these two ASEAN countries," Romualdez said.

(Those two nations are already on the table, the DFA is just planning for the appropriate time for (Marcos) to visit these two ASEAN countries.)

In 2012, a US court handed down a contempt judgment against Marcos, his mother Imelda, and the estate of Ferdinand Marcos Sr. for violating an injunction that barred them from dissipating assets of the estate.

However, US Deputy Secretary of State Wendy Sherman told reporters in June that Marcos would be “welcome” to the United States given his diplomatic immunity as a head of state.

Marcos' participation in the UNGA in New York in September is "more or less confirmed," according to Romualdez.