21 January 2017

From Presidential Spokesperson Ernie Abella on Pres.Trump’s Inaugural
We congratulate the people of the United States for a successful 58th presidential inauguration. In keeping with the two-century American democratic tradition, Donald Trump was sworn in as the 45th President of the United States of America outside the Capitol at 12 noon on January 20, 2017.

We look forward to working closely with the new administration of President Trump anchored on mutual respect, mutual benefit, and shared commitment to democratic ideals and the rule of law.

We wish President Trump success in the next four years of his administration.###

From Presidential Spokesperson Ernie Abella on President Donald Trump’s Foreign Policy
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.

From Presidential Spokesperson Ernie Abella on President Donald Trump’s “America First”
We respect the “AMERICA FIRST” pronouncement ‎of President Trump as defining the first principles of his administration.

In like manner national interest is the primary consideration that guides President Rodrigo Duterte. His pursuit of peace and order is the bedrock of economic inclusivity and self-sufficiency. 
‎Still, we recognize the indispensable need to strengthen relations with allied nations as our progress, prosperity and national well-being rely on such harmonious partnerships. 

The community of nations prosper as each one seeks its common good, and when it comes together to support the well-being of our common humanity.

Andanar and Esperon attend Trump inauguration
(Washington DC, USA) — Presidential Communications Secretary Martin Andanar and National Security Adviser Hermogenes Esperon, Jr. attended the inauguration of United States President Donald Trump in Washington D.C. on Friday, January 20 (Philippine Time).

The two Cabinet officials were at the US capital to witness the 58th Presidential Inauguration, with the theme “Uniquely American.”

“The invitation was given by the long-time friend of my grandfather, US-Philippines Society founding Director Henry B. Howard,” Andanar said as he reiterated President Duterte’s wish for the 45th US President, “I wish the success of Mr. Donald Trump in the next four years as America’s new Chief Executive. He looks forward to working with the incoming administration for enhanced Philippines-U.S. relations anchored on mutual respect, mutual benefit, and shared commitment to democratic ideals and the rule of law.”

Earlier, Andanar and Esperon had a series of meetings with American officials and spoke before members of the Filipino-American media on the sidelines of the President Trump’s inauguration.

Andanar faced the Filipino-American media during the Cabinet officials’ first stop in Los Angeles last January 17.  He was asked issues about President Rodrigo Duterte.  Other topics covered were the hosting of the Philippines of the ASEAN Summit 2017 which coincided with its 50th Anniversary, and a day-in-the-life of the President Communications Chief, among others.

Andanar and Esperon Jr. headed on to Washington D.C. the following day, January 18, where they met Philippine Embassy Charge d’ Affaires in Washington D.C. Patrick Chuasoto and Migrante Heritage Commission Executive Directors Jesse Gatchalian, Grace Divina Valera and Atty. Arnedo Valera.

On their second day at the US capital, January 19, the two Cabinet officials had a breakfast meeting with the US Philippines Society (USPH) headed by former Ambassador and Vice Chairman John Negroponte, President and Retired Ambassador John F. Maisto, Executive Director Hank Hendrickson, Director Henry B. Howard, and Director and former Ambassador Thomas C. Hubbard.  Andanar and Esperon told the group the plans of President Duterte in the next five years of his administration.

Andanar and Esperon Jr. then attended the Center for Strategic and International Studies Roundtable Discussion on the South East Asia Program of the Philippines.

The two secretaries likewise had a meeting with US State Department officials where they discussed the plans of the Duterte administration on the new leadership of Trump.  Present were Assistant Secretary Daniel R. Russel, Deputy Assistant Secretary for South East Asia Bureau of East Asian and Pacific Affairs W. Patrick Murphy and Philippine Embassy Charge d’ Affaires Patrick Chuasoto. Andanar and Esperon later proceeded to the Philippine Embassy for the US Reception Party to mark the Inauguration of President Trump. ###MARO-Content