'So excited to be here!': New US ambassador arrives in PH

John Gabriel Agcaoili, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jul 21 2022 11:51 PM | Updated as of Jul 22 2022 10:39 AM

MANILA (UPDATE)—The new US ambassador to the Philippines, MaryKay Carlson, has arrived in Manila.

The US Embassy in Manila confirmed Carlson's arrival in a tweet late Thursday night.

"Mabuhay and welcome to the Philippines, Ambassador MaryKay Carlson!" it said.

Carlson tweeted pictures of her formally presenting her credentials to the Philippine Department of Foreign Affairs, saying she looks "forward to partnering with their team to explore the great opportunities for the U.S.-Philippines bilateral relationship."

"So excited to be here! I cannot wait to get the ball rolling and engage with our Filipino #FriendsPartnersAllies to further strengthen the thriving U.S.-Philippines relationship. Maraming salamat for the warm welcome!" she said in a separate tweet.

Carlson expressed her gratitude to Heather Variava who served as interim Chargé d'Affaires at the US embassy since last September. 

"In my 37-year career, it has always been my joy and privilege to be part of talented and dedicated embassy teams. I am grateful to Heather Variava, who has done an outstanding job as Chargé d’Affaires and am so glad we’ll continue to work together!" she tweeted.

The United States Senate confirmed Carlson in May as the next top US envoy in Manila.  

US President Joe Biden nominated Carlson, who served as Deputy Chief of Mission at the US Embassy in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

According to the White House website, she has been in foreign service since 1985 and won numerous accolades for her work. 

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