The Manila Times : Marcos' foreign policy 'pro-PH'

1 February 2022

By Bernadette E. Tamayo | The Manila Times

PRESIDENTIAL candidate Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos Jr. gave assurances that his foreign policy will be for the interest of Filipinos and the country.

The former senator said that he will always give priority to the interest of the Philippines over foreign powers if he is elected President in May.

He gave the assurance when asked if his foreign policy will be anti-China or pro-China or anti-United States or pro-US in an online interview.

"Pro Philippines, I've always said that," Marcos answered. "Well, it's very simple in my mind. I don't work for Washington DC, I don't work for Beijing. I work for the Philippines," he added.

Marcos said that he understands that the country's continuing row with China arose from overlapping claims in the West Philippine Sea, but he maintained that his policy must be for the general welfare and benefit of every Filipino.

"You cannot afford mistakes or misjudgments or lack of understanding when it comes to the Department of Foreign Affairs when it comes to foreign policy. We have to get it absolutely right," he said.

"The Philippines right now is trying to walk a very fine line between all the superpowers. I mean, we are talking to the United States, we have a special relationship with the US, which will endure, I think, throughout our lifetime," he said. "Now, the emerging power in the region, of course, is the People's Republic of China. Luckily, we also have a good relationship with China."

The Partido Federal ng Pilipinas standard-bearer also said that it is important to appoint a very "well-versed" foreign affairs secretary that will help the government in its diplomatic relations.

"Well, it might still be considered a political appointment, but it has to be somebody who is very well versed in the diplomatic community, and the most important thing is well supported siya ng mga career officers," Marcos said.