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07/11/2012: Philippines Welcomes Reelection of President Obama

7 November 2012

WASHINGTON, DC—The Philippines welcomed the outcome of the presidential elections in the United States with no less than President Benigno S. Aquino III saying he is looking forward to continuing working with reelected President Barack Obama in further strengthening Manila’s relations with Washington.

“I am confident that in your second term, you will continue to harness the votes and ideas of your citizens and empower them further as you move the United States of America forward,” President Aquino wrote in his congratulatory letter to President Obama which was issued shortly after Republican contender Mitt Romney conceded defeat.

“In our encounters, it has been easy for us to understand each other given the common set of aspirations we have for our peoples—fairness and renewed prosperity,” President Aquino said in his letter.

“My administration is determined to deepen the cooperation between our nations in your second term.  As a treaty ally and strategic partner of America, my country looks forward to seeing your administration achieve even greater success in the years to come,” he said.

Ambassador Jose L. Cuisia Jr. also welcomed President Obama’s victory in the elections which he said highlighted the robust character of American democracy with both parties demonstrating their commitment to safeguarding the country’s ideals and providing a better life for all Americans.

“We look forward to continuing to work closely with the US Government in the context of the strategic rebalancing to Asia which has already shown clear benefits in terms of strengthening defense and security relations between our two countries,” Ambassador Cuisia said.

The Department of Foreign Affairs in Manila also welcomed the election of President Obama to a second term in the White House.

“The Philippines warmly welcomes the successful holding of the recent elections in the United States. The Philippines and the United States share common and deep democratic values, particularly the right of the people to freely choose their leaders,” the DFA said in a statement.

“We look forward to continue working with the administration of President Obama in strengthening relations between our countries and in the promotion of peace and progress in our region and the world,” the DFA said. ###