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.