Malacañang has expressed optimism the Duterte administration would maintain its “close and friendly” ties with the White House under the leadership of newly installed Unoted States President Joe Biden.
Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said it always good news that democracy prevails and Filipinos can look forward to having close and friendly relations with the Biden administration.
Earlier, Roque dismissed a claim that Duterte had “lost an ally” since Biden camp is unlikely to compromise human rights issues. He expressed confidence that Biden would not be tough on Duterte’s anti-narcotics drive.
He also hoped that Biden would fulfill his promise to prioritize offering legal status to an estimated 11 million illegal immigrants, which include many Filipino TNTs.
Duterte’s relations with the US had become strained under then-president Barack Obama who criticized the Philippines’ war on illegal drugs. The country’s relations with the US had improved under the presidency of Donald Trump, whom Duterte referred to as a friend.
Trump’s successor, Biden, served two terms as Obama’s vice president, from 2009 until 2017.
Former US Presidents Obama, George W. Bush and Bill Clinton attended Biden’s formal January 20 inauguration while Trump skipped it.