Malacañang recently received the newly appointed ambassadors of the European Union as well as four other countries: Luc Véron (representing the EU), Antonio José Maria De Souza e Silva (Brazil), Kim In-Chul (SK), Marcela Ordoñez Fernandez (Colombia), and Michèle Boccoz (France).
President Rodrigo Duterte welcomed the EU ambassador, saying that Europe’s and the Philippines’ “deep respect for democracy and the rule of law” would be the “solid foundation for robust cooperation on the basis of mutural trust, respect and benefit”.
“We wish to partner with the EU to protect and promote rights of all, especially the human rights of migrant workers,” he added.
In response, Véron said that the bloc has a “strategic interest in a stable, prosperous and secured Philippines” and that the EU and the nation were working together “to expand trade and investment, to promote maritime security and to maintain open and safe shipping routes.”
He also noted that they were ready to have a “productive political relationship” with the country and help it manage and ultimately beat the Covid19 crisis in order to revive the economy.
Duterte also expressed optimism that the Philippines would create stronger ties with the four nations with regards to trade, defense, climate change and fighting the pandemic.
The President also acknowledged the delivery of six new A-29 Super Tucano aircrafts by Brazil for the Philippine Air Force just last year, and thanked South Korea for their commitment to the “Build, Build, Build” program and the Philippines’ defense modernization efforts.