From Presidential Spokesperson Ernie Abella on President Donald Trump’s Foreign Policy, 21 Jan. 2017

The Philippines welcomes President Trump’s foreign policy direction. It promises a more placid and mutually beneficial relationship especially with long standing allies like us. We find resonance with their intention to “seek friendship and goodwill and reinforce existing alliances, without imposing America’s way of life on others.”

Our diplomatic ties need to reflect our long-standing relationship but under terms and conditions that protect our people’s interests.

While there is a promise of spring US-ward, as an independent and sovereign nation we will expand our collaboration with other friends and partners in the international community, in accordance with the principles of international law. 

Our priority remains to be the common good of the Filipino people and the national interest.