PRESIDENT-ELECT Ferdinand Marcos Jr. is welcome to visit the United States as the new leader of the Philippines, a visiting ranking official of the US said on Thursday.
US Deputy Secretary of State Wendy Sherman, who was asked if Marcos would be able to freely travel to the US amid a contempt judgement case issued by the US Court in 1995 in connection with a human rights class suit against his late father, Ferdinand Marcos Sr., explained: “This is not something that needs to be discussed. The fact is that when you’re head of state, you have (diplomatic) immunity in all circumstances and are welcome to the United States in your official role.”
She added that Marcos would have been in the US-ASEAN special summit in Washington DC in May had he been the president at that time.
Sherman said US President Joseph Biden looks forward to working with Marcos and his administration on a range of areas of cooperation such as renewable energy, health, digitalization, defense modernization and security, among others.
The US Deputy Secretary of State and Marcos Jr. during their meeting agreed on the importance of partnering together to strengthen both countries’ economies, including the importance of public-private partnerships.
They highlighted the importance of the US-Philippine Alliance to security and prosperity in the Indo-Pacific region and the world and the importance of fostering respect for human rights and rule of law in the Philippines.
Also discussed were opportunities for the two nations to deepen their alliance and friendship and seize new opportunities to deliver for the people in the years to come.