Firming up Philippines-United States relations
I congratulate Joseph R. Biden for winning the presidency of the United States – a bastion of freedom and democracy in the world.
The U.S. and the Philippines are allies for more than 70 years and have long history of close friendship. Together, we freed our country from foreign rule to gain liberty that we now enjoy.
As a democrat, Biden is regarded to be more liberal in international affairs that the Philippines can benefit from.
The U.S. is generous to allies that behave decently, govern wisely, get on common interests, and perform well in achieving peace and prosperity in a democratic society.
America could provide greater security assistance to enable our country to have credible defense posture against aggression and substantial U.S. aids would pour in our country in times of calamities.
The trade agreement between our countries could be enhanced to uplift the industries and sustain economic progress.
There could be an immigration policy shift under a democratic administration to secure the stay of millions of Filipinos working in America.
The exchange program that allows Filipinos to go to the U.S. to study, teach and have professional jobs could be further promoted.
As a friend, the U.S. can also share us with its Covid-19 vaccines which will be available soon.
There are a lot of goodwill agreements in a democratic leadership that we can build upon and sustain as we foster a mutually beneficial relationship. — PERCIVAL B. ALIPIT, Baguio City