Biden to send ‘first of its kind’ presidential trade, investment mission to PH

Washington D.C. — US President Joe Biden said he will send a “first of its kind” presidential trade and investment mission to the Philippines.

Biden made the remark following his bilateral meeting with President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. at the White House in Washington D.C.

The US leader noted Manila and Washington’s “strong partnership” and “deep friendship, one that has been enriched by millions of Filipino-Americans and the communities all across the United States.”

US President Joe Biden speaks during a bilateral meeting with Philippine President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, DC, on May 1, 2023. (Photo by Brendan SMIALOWSKI / AFP)

Biden also committed to step up America’s support in a wide range of issues, including climate change mitigation and economy.

“We’re tackling climate change, we’re accelerating our countries’ chances… and we’re standing up for our shared democratic values and workers’ rights… and together we’re deepening our economic cooperation,” Biden told President Marcos.

The Philippine leader thanked Biden for America’s assistance and sought to strengthen “alliances and partnership in the face of the new economy that we are facing post-pandemic.”

Monday’s historic Oval Office meeting between the two leaders also included discussions on national security, education, and other initiatives as part of Mr. Marcos’ five-day official visit to Washington.

Philippine cabinet officials with their US counterparts also held a meeting with Marcos and Biden in an expanded bilateral meeting in the White House.

Among the Philippine officials who attended the expanded bilateral meeting include National Security Adviser Eduardo Ano; Defense Secretary Carlito Galvez Jr.; Environment and Natural Resources Secretary Antonio Yulo Loyzaga; Trade and Industry Secretary Alfredo Pascual; Department of Information and Communications Technology Secretary Uvan John Uy; Justice Secretary Jesus Crisoin Remulla; Migrant Workers Department Secretary Maria Susana “Toots” Ople and Foreign Affairs Secretary Enrique Manalo.

The Philippine leader is also set to visit the Pentagon, meet Cabinet executives and business leaders during his stay in Washington.

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