Douglas US Second Gentleman Douglas Emhoff

Emhoff to attend BBM inauguration

June 27, 2022 Cristina Lee-Pisco 276 views

UNITED States President Joseph R. Biden, Jr. yesterday announced the designation of the Second Gentleman to attend the inauguration of Ferdinand Romualdez Marcos, Jr. on June 30.

A statement from the White House said Second Gentleman Douglas Emhoff will lead the Presidential delegation. He is married to the 49th vice president of the United States, Kamala Harris.

Other members of the Presidential Delegation are Heather Variava, Chargé d’Affaires, ad interim, U.S. Embassy Manila; Bobby Scott, Chairman of the Committee on Education and Labor, United States Representative (D), Virginia;

Nani A. Coloretti, Deputy Director, Office of Management and Budget; Admiral James “Sandy” A. Winnefeld, Jr. (Ret.), Former Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff;
Edgard D. Kagan, Special Assistant to the President and Senior Director for East Asia and Oceania, National Security Council; andChantale Y. Wong, U.S. Director of the Asian Development Bank.

The US President was among the first heads of state to congratulate Marcos Jr. on his landslide victory in the May 9 presidential elections.

Biden, in his telephone conversation with Marcos Jr. earlier said he looks forward to working with the President-elect to continue strengthening the U.S.-Philippine Alliance.

He also expressed willingness to expand bilateral cooperation on a wide range of issues, including the fight against COVID-19, addressing the climate crisis, promoting broad-based economic growth, and respect for human rights.

The inauguration of Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. as the 17th president of the Philippines is set at around noon on Thursday, June 30, 2022 at the National Museum of Fine Arts. The chief justice of the Supreme Court will administer the oath of office.