Singaporean president invites Marcos for a state visit

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MANILA – Singaporean President Halimah Yacob has invited presumptive President Ferdinand ‘Bongbong’ Marcos Jr., for a state visit, more than a month before he formally assumes office as the 17th president of the Philippines.

The invitation came a day after Marcos and Chinese President Xi Jinping had a long conversation in which they discussed improving bilateral ties moving forward.

The Singaporean president also congratulated Marcos for his victory in the May 9, 2022 elections.

“On behalf of the people of the Republic of Singapore, I warmly congratulate you on your electoral success,” Yacob said.

Yacob stated that she is looking forward to closer relations with the Philippines.

“Singapore and the Philippines share a warm and long standing relationship, underpinned by strong economic cooperation and robust people-to-people ties,” Yacob noted.

“I recall fondly the warm and gracious hospitality extended to me by the Filipino people during my State Visit to the Philippines in September 2019. I look forward to working with you to strengthen the friendship between our two countries,” she added in her letter.

Yacob also invited Marcos to visit their country once he assumed his post as president.

“I would like to take this opportunity to invite you to make a State Visit to Singapore. I wish you every success in steering the Philippines to greater heights,” the president added.

Yacob joins the increasing list of world leaders who have congratulated Marcos on his inevitable victory in the 2022 national elections.

Marcos is set to be declared next week after receiving more than 31 million votes, while his closest rival, Vice President Leni Robredo, has only received more than 14 million votes of 98.35 percent of election returns from the Comelec Transparency Media Server.

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.