Secretary of State Antony Blinken announced the continuation of joint work to promote respect for human rights and promote freedom, openness, prosperity, security and sustainability of the Indian and Pacific oceans.

U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken on Wednesday congratulated Ferdinand Marcos Jr. on his victory in the presidential elections in the Philippines and expressed hope for cooperation.

“On behalf of the United States, I congratulate <…> Ferdinand Marcos Jr. with his election as the next President of the Philippines. We look forward to working with President-elect Marcos to strengthen the strong alliance between the United States and the Philippines. As friends, partners and allies, we will continue to work with the Philippines to promote respect for human rights and promote freedom, openness, prosperity, security and sustainability of the Indian and Pacific oceans regions,” the Chief of American Diplomacy said in a written statement.

On May 9, Filipinos elected not only the new president of the republic, but also the vice president, senators, congressmen, as well as thousands of other managers. According to the preliminary information of the election commission, the son and namesake of the former late dictator Ferdinand Marcos Jr. and the daughter of the current President of the Philippines Rodrigo Duterte, Mayor of Davao City Sara Duterte-Carpio are winning a convincing victory in the presidential and vice-presidential elections, respectively. Marcos received more than 31 million votes, Duterte-Carpio – 31.5 million.