Marcos: Philippines is still an ally of the United States

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Philippine President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. and U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken pose for a photo at the Malacanang Palace in Manila, Philippines, August 6, 2022. (Photo: Ezra Acayan/Pool via REUTERS)
Philippine President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. and U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken pose for a photo at the Malacanang Palace in Manila, Philippines, August 6, 2022. (Photo: Ezra Acayan/Pool via REUTERS)

In a short interview with New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) Vice Chairman John Tuttle, President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. said that he could not see the Philippines’ future without the United States as its political and economic partner.

"It is very clear to me in my vision for the way that the country will move forward that I cannot see the Philippines in the future without having the United States as a partner," said Marcos, who is in the US to attend the 77th United Nations General Assembly, where he will deliver a speech on Tuesday (September 20) afternoon.

"Although I was referring to the geopolitics of it, and I was referring to the political situation in the region and around the world, that certainly does continue to apply in our exchanges on the economic front."

Marcos, who was invited to ring the closing bell at the NYSE on Monday, noted that American corporations were the early drivers of the Philippines’ early economy. Most of its most substantial corporate benefactors are from the US, which is strengthening the Philippine-US alliance and partnership.

Unlike his predecessor Rodrigo Duterte's pronouncements that the Philippines must look to partners other than the US for political and economic support, Marcos added that the country continues to rely on the US.

"We still look to the United States as our partner. When we are in crisis, we look to the United States … I have to say that the reason we have done that, is that for the most part, we can say that the United States has not failed us."

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