Photo from Bongbong Marcos’s Facebook page

President Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. met with his US President Joe Biden at the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly in New York and briefly talked about the South China Sea dispute.

Biden told Marcos Jr. he was expecting lengthy conversations with other countries about the South China Sea.

“I expect we’ll discuss the South China Sea and disputes in critical global throughway. I’ve spent a lot of time with not only the President of China but others about the international waters and how they had to be respected,” he said.

Biden also said the US was working “very hard” to address the rising energy and food prices caused by the Russia-Ukraine war.

In response, Marcos Jr. thanked Biden for the US’s role in “maintaining the peace in our region…that is much appreciated by all the countries in the regions and the Philippines especially.”

“We continue to look to the United States for that continuing partnership and the maintenance of peace in our region. In terms of the geopolitical issues that we face in this day and age, the primary consideration of the Philippines and the guiding principle of the Philippine foreign policy is to encourage peace,” he said.

Marcos Jr. also thanked Biden for the Covid-19 vaccine doses the US has supplied the Philippines with.

“We would like to thank the United States for the massive help that we received during the pandemic with the provision of up to 35 — almost 36 million doses of vaccines very earlier on — I heard of some of the other countries — and for that we are very, very grateful,” he said. John Ezekiel J. Hirro