Marcos back in Manila after crowded New York trip

Philstar.com

September 25, 2022 | 11:15 a.m.

MANILA, Philippines — President Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. returned home Sunday morning after a work trip to the United States.

Marcos was in the United States from September 18 to 24, in time for his participation in the 77th United Nations General Assembly. His diplomatic immunity as head of state allows him to be on American soil despite being named in a contempt judgment resulting from a human rights class action suit.

The Philippine delegation has also tried to attract investors through business roundtables and by organizing the Philippine Economic Briefing. Marcos also delivered a keynote speech at the New York Stock Exchange.

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“We in the Philippine delegation believe that the work done on this trip is a good start for the identified opportunities to be translated into programs and projects for the benefit of the Philippines and our compatriots,” Marcos said in his statement. of arrival.

Like his trips to Indonesia and Singapore, Marcos first encountered the Filipino community when he arrived in New Jersey last week. The Director General recognized Filipino migrant workers for their contributions abroad and in their home country.

“I also took the opportunity to share with them some of our priorities and plans under this administration and their important role in the work ahead,” Marcos said.

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Meanwhile, Marcos delivered the national statement to the UN on September 20, calling on the international community to work on issues such as climate change, rising food prices and asking governments to put in place measures to keep up with technological changes.

It was during his speech that the Philippines made a bid for a seat on the UN Security Council for the 2027-2028 term.

During the session, Marcos also met with US President Joe Biden to discuss the US-Philippine alliance, the situation in the South China Sea, as well as the Russian invasion of Ukraine and its impact on the world commodity prices. Biden was one of the first world leaders to congratulate Marcos on his election victory.

However, statements by press secretary Trixie Cruz-Angeles have caused confusion after she falsely claimed that Marcos was the only leader Biden spoke to on the sidelines of the UNGA.

Meanwhile, Marcos, the Philippine economics team and Filipino business leaders also held dialogues with US investors and business leaders, with the chief executive saying the Philippines is “the hottest rising economic star fast from Asia”.

“We have identified opportunities and challenges to achieve our common growth and development goals in various areas,” Marcos said.

“I thanked them for their candid and constructive feedback, and I look forward to working with them on the issues and agreements we have identified.”

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