US anticipates ‘strong, productive’ ties with next PH president

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MANILA – The US Embassy in Manila on Thursday said that the United States government is looking forward to a “strong and productive” relationship with the next Philippine president who will be elected in the May elections.

In a media roundtable, US Embassy Chargé d’Affaires Heather Variava expressed confidence that the two nations’ ties will remain strong based on their longstanding and wide-ranging cooperation.

The US government, she said, respects and supports the Philippine democratic process and look forward to working with whichever candidate is elected by the Filipino people.

“I think the bonds between our people are so strong and I think regardless of who is elected in May we look forward to having a strong and productive relationship with the new president, and we look forward to continuing that strong partnership and supporting the Philippine rights and sovereignty in the region,” she said.

Variava noted that the two countries may expand cooperation in a variety of areas, including security, trade, development, and cultural and educational exchanges, among others.

“Last year, we celebrate the 70th anniversary of the Mutual Defense Treaty and we continue to celebrate the 75th anniversary of our bilateral diplomatic relationship, both of which are reminders of the strength of our longstanding commitment to one another as friends, partners, and allies,” she said.

Meanwhile, she stated the interest of Washington D.C. in partaking in any observation programs that the Commission on Elections may organize for the forthcoming national elections.

“We may indeed see observes from the United States joining as well. We don’t have details on that yet but we’ve gotten inquiries from some of the leading organizations about coming to observe and of course we are willing to work with Comelec to participate in whatever program is available,” she said. 

House committees to hold hearings during break

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Spread the loveMANILA – The House of Representatives has authorized for its committees to conduct hearings during the five-week congressional break, extending until late April.