Marcos meets with US State Secretary Blinken in Malacañang

Job Manahan, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Aug 06 2022 09:47 AM | Updated as of Aug 06 2022 12:09 PM

President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. and US Secretary of State Antony Blinken at Malacañang on Saturday. MPC pool
President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. and US Secretary of State Antony Blinken at Malacañang on Saturday. MPC pool

Marcos, Blinken tout US-Philippines 'long history'

MANILA (2nd UPDATE) – President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. met with US Secretary of State Antony Blinken on Saturday morning at Malacañang, where they reaffirmed the Mutual Defense Treaty and sought stronger bilateral relations. 

Photos shared to reporters showed Blinken signing the Palace guestbook before his meeting with Marcos at about 9:30 a.m. 

During the visit, Marcos reiterated the importance of the two nations' relations amid a "volatile international diplomatic scene," citing the tensions between Taiwan and China, as well as the war in Ukraine. 

"I hope that we will continue to evolve that relationship in the face of all the changes we have been seeing and the changes that are between in our bilateral relationship with the United States," said Marcos.

He added that the Mutual Defense Treaty, the pact which obligates both sides to help each other in case of external aggression, "is evolving." Blinken, during his opening statement, said his government is committed in enforcing the treaty. 

"We are too closely tied because of the special relationship between the United States and the Philippines and the history that we share. And of course, all the assistance and help and support that we have received from the United States over the years," Marcos said.

Blinked described the country's friendship with US as "quite extraordinary" as it was rooted alliance and people's relationship. 

He also reassured Marcos that the US will continue working with the Philippines despite the challenges the two countries are facing globally, which includes the COVID-19 pandemic.

"To your point, the people to people ties between us are almost unique and it’s something that we tremendously value in the United States just as I know that you do here," the US top diplomat said. 

"We are working together on bilateral relations between us, we’re working together in the region, and increasingly, we’re working globally because so many of the challenges we face."

Blinken's visit comes amid tensions in Taiwan, after US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's visit to the island angered China. 

Blinken will meet Philippine Foreign Affairs Sec. Enrique Manalo at about 11 a.m., before a press briefing with reporters later in the day.