WITH the decision of President Marcos to attend world leaders’summits abroad, he has given the Philippines a much-needed boost in the eyes of the international community.
In the view of the Filipino people, this is certainly ample proof that Marcos, the only son and namesake of the late President Ferdinand E. Marcos, is now an emerging Asian leader.
Last Sunday, President Marcos left for Brussels, Belgium to attend the Association of Southeast Asian Nations-European Union Commemorative Summit from December 12 to 14.
It will be the first meeting between ASEAN and EU member-state leaders at the EU headquarters in Brussels.
In his departure statement, the Chief Executive vowed to highlight the Philippines’ role as the country coordinator for the ASEAN in his dialogue relations with the European Union.
However, President Marcos was quick to assure the public that he is determined to push for the country’s interests, particularly in post-pandemic recovery and trade.
“Although I am representing the Philippines, I am now also representing all of ASEAN, but nonetheless… Philippine interest will always enter into all my discussions,” Marcos added.
As Filipinos, we are very proud and happy that Marcos, the country’s 17th President, has learned to navigate the byways of international diplomacy in so short a time.
Keep up the good work, President Ferdinand “Bongbong” R. Marcos Jr.