Second Gentleman Douglas Emhoff to head US delegation for Marcos inauguration

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Posted at Jun 27 2022 07:27 AM | Updated as of Jun 27 2022 10:28 AM

Second Gentleman Douglas Emhoff attends a reception to celebrate Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander Heritage, in the White House, Washington, DC, USA, 17 May 2022. EPA-EFE/WILL OLIVER
Second Gentleman Douglas Emhoff attends a reception to celebrate Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander Heritage, in the White House, Washington, DC, USA, 17 May 2022. EPA-EFE/WILL OLIVER

MANILA (UPDATE) - United States Second Gentleman Douglas Emhoff will lead the US delegation for the inauguration of Philippine President-elect Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos Jr. on June 30, the White House said in a statement. 

Emhoff was appointed by US President Joe Biden to lead the delegation. 

"As Second Gentleman, Mr. Emhoff is working to share the priorities of the Biden-Harris Administration with people across the country and around the world," the White House said in his official profile.

"He is proud of the Biden-Harris Administration’s commitments to advancing gender equity and will continue to speak about the importance of being a supportive spouse," it read.

Emhoff was also described as a decades-long lawyer who "cares deeply about justice and equality in our legal system."

Filipino-American Congressman Bobby Scott of Virginia and Office of Management and Budget Deputy Director Nani Coloretti will also be part of the delegation, according to the White House.

Coloretti is the highest-ranking Filipino American in Biden's administration.

This image is a composite photo of US Congressmand Bobby Scott and Office of Management and Budget Deputy Director Nani Coloretti. EPA-EFE/Rod Lamkey / POOL / C-SPAN
This image is a composite photo of US Congressmand Bobby Scott and Office of Management and Budget Deputy Director Nani Coloretti. EPA-EFE/Rod Lamkey / POOL / C-SPAN

US Embassy Manila Charge d'Affaires Heather Variava, former Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff James Winnefeld, National Security Council Senior Director for East Asia and Oceana Edgard Kagan, and US Asian Development Bank Director Chantale Wong will also be attending the inauguration.

The statement did not mention why Biden could not personally attend Marcos Jr.'s inauguration, who invited the US leader in a phone call last month.

Biden is currently in the Bavarian Alps for the G7 Summit, which is expected to end on June 28, 2022.

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