Ties with PH to focus on human rights, regional priorities in next admin — US

By Eden Eve Lacea


As the results of the 2022 elections in the country get clearer, the United States said it anticipates continuing to work with the incoming president's administration regarding key issues on human rights and regional priorities.


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In a media conference, US State Department spokesman Ned Price affirmed its plans to strengthen their current alliance with the Philippines once the new president has been officially proclaimed. 


“We're monitoring the election results and we look forward to renewing our special partnership and to working with the next administration on key human rights and regional priorities," Price told the media in Washington. 


Additionally, the spokesperson noted that the recent May 9 elections and the ongoing counting of votes followed international regulations and had no significant incident.


"What I can say from a technical standpoint is that we understand the casting and counting of votes to have been conducted in line with international standards and without significant incident," quoted Price.


"The counting is still underway. It is not for us to declare a winner. We'll wait for the Philippines election authorities to do that. We look forward to working with the president-elect on the shared values and the shared interests that have united our countries across generations," he added.


Presidential candidate Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos Jr. still leads the vote counts in a large scale, with over 31 million votes backing his race.



Edited by Quian Vencel Galut
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