The Philippine government will keep its policy of being “a friend to all, enemy to none” in dealing with the United States under a new administration, according to a Palace official.
Cabinet Secretary Karlo Nograles said the government would respect the outcome of the US presidential poll and continue to work with the western ally to enhance bilateral relations.
Former Vice President Joe Biden has obtained enough electoral to votes to win the bitter US presidential elections, denying President Donald Trump a second four-year term. His running mate Senator Kamala Harris made history when she became the first woman vice president of the United States.
“Simple lang naman ang ating polisiya, our foreign policy has always been — friend to all, enemy to none. Kaya ganoon din ang treatment natin dito sa US elections. Rerespetuhin natin ang magiging resulta. (Our policy is simple. Our foreign policy has always been — friend to all, enemy to none. That’s our treatment with the US elections. We will respect the results),” Nograles said during a forum on Facebook Saturday night.
“I think we have built strong diplomatic relations naman with the United States. I think we can work with any president of the United States,” he added.
Nograles said the government would also work with the United States in promoting and protecting the welfare of Filipinos working there.
“Titingnan natin ‘yung kalagayan ng ating mga kababayan na nandyan sa US, kababayan natin na nagtatrabaho, nag-aaral diyan. Nag-aalala tayo sa kalagayan nila lalo na sa panahon ng COVID. (We will look after the welfare of our countrymen in the United States, those working and studying there. We are concerned about their welfare especially during the COVID pandemic). We will continue to work with the united states as with do with any other country,” he said.
Biden, in his first speech as US president-elect, has pledged to be the president for all Americans. As the turbulent Trump presidency comes to an end, the Democrat also promised not to divide, but unify the country.
Malacañang extended President Duterte’s congratulations to Biden on his victory in the White House race. Presidential spokesman Harry Roque said the government looks forward to working with the Biden administration anchor on mutual respect, mutual benefit, and shared commitment to democracy, freedom and rule of law.