By Christia Marie Ramos | Inquirer.net
MANILA, Philippines — Presidential aspirant and former Senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. and his family met with China’s top diplomat to the Philippines as they attended a ribbon-cutting ceremony at the Chinese Embassy in Manila Wednesday.
In the photos shared by the embassy through its Facebook page, Marcos was seen browsing the embassy’s new photo wall with the Chinese Ambassador to the Philippine Huang Xilian.
“When you drink water, think of those who dug the well. A great honor to have Bongbong Marcos with me at the ribbon-cutting ceremony of the photo wall in the Chinese Embassy,” Huang said.
Marcos attended the ceremony with his wife, Mary Louise “Liza” Araneta-Marcos, and son Joseph Simon.
House Majority Leader Martin Romualdez also attended the event.
“Hanging on the wall are photographs recording historic moments of China-Philippines relations, one of which on the top has depicted the historic scene of then Chinese Premier Zhou Enlai and then Philippine President Ferdinand E. Marcos signing the Joint Communique on the Establishment of Diplomatic Relations between our two counties on June 9, 1975,” Huang further said.
The Chinese envoy then expressed hope that “more and more people” from both China and the Philippines will be committed to deepening the ties between the two countries.
“While [we] always cherish and honor old friends, we hope that more and more people from our two countries will be committed to deepening our partnership and cooperation, so as to bring more benefits to our two peoples and pass on our traditional friendship from generation to generation. Together, we are opening up a brighter future!” he said.
In September, Marcos echoed President Rodrigo Duterte’s stance on Chinese aggression in the West Philippine Sea, saying the Philippines can’t afford to go to war with the Asian giant.
Marcos said this during an online news forum two weeks before formalizing his presidential bid in the 2022 polls.