CNN Philippines : Marcos discusses trade deals, maritime support with Singapore, UK, France, EU envoys

By CNN Philippines

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, May 30) — President-elect Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos Jr. met with ambassadors from Singapore, United Kingdom, France, and the European Union during separate courtesy calls on Monday.

During their private meetings, they vowed to strengthen trade and diplomacy, as well as maritime support to the Philippines.

Singapore Ambassador Gerard Ho said investors are looking at what the outgoing Duterte administration has accomplished in terms of tax incentives, tax structures, the passage of the Public Service Act, and ease of doing business. He said the Singapore government sees growth potential in the Philippines during the term of Marcos, remaining hopeful that more Singapore companies will invest in the Philippines.

"These are all things that would provide comfort to investors when they come here," the ambassador said.

Meanwhile, Ambassador Laure Beaufils of United Kingdom said her country will continue offering maritime support to the Philippines through training and joint exercises.

"We currently have a few British vessels in the region. We will build on that. Our Carrier Strike will be back in this part of the world in 2023. We will continue to work with all partners interested in the international maritime law, UNCLOS, and the 2016 arbitral award as we move forward in the years to come," the envoy said.

Marcos earlier vowed to assert the Philippines' rights over the West Philippine Sea and talk to China "consistently with a firm voice" about the two countries' territorial dispute in the area. He said on May 26 that he would use the July 2016 international arbitral ruling against China's sweeping claims in the South China Sea to assert the country's territorial rights.

European Union Ambassador Luc Vèron and Ambassador Michelle Boccoz of France also paid a visit to Marcos' campaign headquarters but they did not address the media due to prior commitments.