Senators welcomed the result of the United States’ elections and are now looking forward to the start of President-elect Joe Biden’s administration.
Sen. Francis “Kiko” Pangilinan said the recent US election only proves “that democracy is about the peoples’ will.”
“We congratulate US President-elect Joe Biden, Vice President-elect Kamala Harris, and the people of the United States. As it is in the US, it is the will of the people who in their vast numbers animate democracy and chart the course of their future,” Pangilinan said.
“The gift of democracy is a gift we, the people, give ourselves, and democracy is kept alive by passion and vigilance to translate our individual actions into a collective outcome,” he added.
Senate Majority Leader Juan Miguel “Migz” Zubiri said now is the time for the US to unite again after a very divisive election.
“Now it’s time to heal, time to stop fighting, and start believing in each other in the United States of America. Where the American dream is for everyone and not just for a few,” Zubiri said in a statement.
“Congratulations is in order not just for the President-elect but for democracy in your country. A model for many countries including ours to follow,” he also said.
Zubiri said he welcomes a Biden-led US government, noting that he is “a practicing Catholic” and is the only second Catholic to be elected to the White House, after John F. Kennedy in 1961.
“(He) carries a rosary with him wherever he goes. And that is good enough for me…peace and healing to our brothers and sisters in the US of A,” he added.
Senate President Pro Tempore Ralph Recto said he believes the Philippine Ambassador to the US Jose Manuel “Babes” Romualdez is already “well-positioned” to steer the country’s interests under a Biden presidency.
“Our man in Washington D.C. is well-positioned to help steer our country’s interests through whatever changes a Democratic White House would bring to PH-US relations,” Recto said.
“Long before he allowed himself to be conscripted for foreign service, Ambassador Babes Romualdez already had enough contacts in the American capital to be considered a Beltway insider,” Recto said.
Under a Biden-led US government, the senator said the Philippines should anticipate “shifting geopolitical tides, changing global trade winds, and a world devastated by the pandemic call for a nimble foreign policy that is solely dictated by our national interest, not pro-Beijing nor pro-Biden, but pro-Filipino.”
“I am confident that with Secretary (Teddy) Locsin at the helm of the DFA (Department of Foreign Affairs), and with a capable man in our detachment in Washington D.C., what is good for our country in the diplomatic front will always be pursued and protected,” Recto said.