Muntinlupa City Rep. Ruffy Biazon believes that the Philippines’ top diplomats will pave the way for a productive relationship with the United States under President-elect Joe Biden.
Biazon was referring to Department of Foreign Affairs Secretary Teddy Boy Locsin Jr. and Philippine Ambassador to the United States Jose Manuel Romualdez.
“I am confident that with Secretary Locsin and Ambassador Romualdez at the forefront, Philippine-US relations would not just start at the right foot, but it will proceed in a mutually productive manner,” said the congressman, who is a vice chairman of the National Defense and Security Committee.
His remarks also come at a time of public curiosity as to how the dynamics between Biden and President Duterte would be.
Duterte, 75, was at his most critical against the US during the tail end of Barack Obama’s presidency in 2016. Biden served as Obama’s vice president for eight years.
“While it’s inevitable that President-elect Biden and President Duterte will interact, initial relations will be done through the US Embassy and the DFA,” Biazon said. And that’s where Locsin and Romualdez comes in.
Locsin is a former member of the House of Representatives while Romualdez formerly served as Duterte’s Special Envoy to the US. Both have a background in journalism.
“The impending change in administration in the US offers the Philippines an opportunity to engage the new administration and discuss concerns pertaining to the PH-US relationship and come to a refresh or reboot of security arrangements in the region,” Biazon said last Friday as he chimed in on the results of the US elections.