12 May 2022
12 MAY 2022, WASHINGTON D.C. – Foreign Affairs Secretary Teodoro Locsin, Jr. personally thanked U.S. President Joseph Biden. Jr. for the United States’ support for the peaceful and successful conduct of Philippine elections at the two-day ASEAN-US Special Summit.
Secretary Locsin leads the Philippine delegation to the Special Summit as a representative of President Rodrigo R. Duterte who skipped the Summit as a courtesy to the Philippine President-elect.
Philippine Ambassador to the United States Jose Manuel G. Romualdez joined Secretary Locsin at the informal dinner hosted by President Biden for leaders of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations.
“It is my honor to represent the Philippine nation and Filipino people tonight as we celebrate 45 strong years of ASEAN-U.S. relations founded on our shared commitment to regional peace, security, and prosperity,” Secretary Locsin said.
Secretary Locsin also thanked President Biden for taking the lead in ensuring equitable global access to COVID vaccines, through its US$2 billion contribution to the COVAX facility.