Singapore, UK, EU ambassadors pay Marcos courtesy visit

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In this handout photo provided by the Bongbong Marcos (BBM) Media Bureau, Presidential candidate Ferdinand
In this handout photo provided by the Bongbong Marcos (BBM) Media Bureau, Presidential candidate Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos Jr., right, meets South Korean Ambassador Kim Inchul during a courtesy call at his office in Mandaluyong, Philippines on Monday May 23, 2022. More foreign ambassadors have offered their congratulations to the incoming president. (BBM Media Bureau via AP)

More ambassadors have offered their congratulations to president-elect and dictator's son Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos, Jr., paying a courtesy visit to the incoming president on Monday (May 30).

British Ambassador Laure Beaufils, Singaporean Ambassador Gerard Ho Wei Hong, and European Union Representative Luc Véron reportedly met Marcos Jr., becoming the second batch of envoys to travel to his campaign headquarters to personally congratulate Marcos.

The ambassadors discussed with the president-elect different topics including economic cooperation and international maritime law.

Singaporean President Halimah Yacob has earlier invited Marcos Jr. for a state visit. Singaporean Ambassador Gerard Ho expressed hopes for more Singaporean companies to enter the Philippine market.

"We see a lot of growth potential in the Philippines and we hope to see more and more Singapore companies coming into the Philippine market," Ho told reporters.

"We hope to see not only these things continuing as well as maybe making further programs to make the Philippines a more attractive investment opportunity," he said.

On the other hand, the United Kingdom reiterated its commitment to uphold international maritime law through its ambassador Laure Beaufils.

"We'll continue to work with all partners in maintaining the international maritime law and UNCLOS (United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea) and the 2016 arbitral award as we move forward in the years to come. We've been working in particular very closely with the Philippines in the past. We will continue to do so to support maritime law through training, but also through joint exercises," Beaufils said when asked about the current dispute in the South China Sea.

UNCLOS is an international agreement that establishes a legal framework for all marine and maritime activities.

In 2016, the Hague court ruled that China’s claim that it owned more than 80% of the South China Sea had no basis in international law. It added that China had violated the Philippine’s right to fish and explore resources in the West Philippine Sea.

Marcos Jr. has earlier said that he would uphold the said ruling under his term but appears to still have close ties with China.

Meanwhile, French Ambassador to the Philippines Michele Boccoz and European Union Representative Luc Veron also paid courtesy calls on Monday but did not grant interviews.

The Department of Foreign Affairs has earlier slammed the European Parliament for its alleged "misguided attempt" to "interfere" in the Philippines’ electoral process over its resolution raising human rights violations in the country.

In a resolution released in February, the European Parliament condemned extrajudicial killings and human rights violations related to President Rodrigo Duterte’s “war on drugs.” The parliament also condemned intimidation and violence against human rights activists, journalists, and critics of the administration.

Pola Rubio is a news writer and photojournalist covering Philippine politics and events. She regularly follows worldwide and local happenings. She advocates for animal welfare and press freedom. Follow her twitter @polarubyo for regular news and cat postings.

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