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The EU anticipates cooperation with the future administration.

MANILA, Philippines — The European Union (EU) hopes to strengthen ties with the Philippines under the new government, according to its Manila mission.

The bloc was one of the organizations that sent international observers to watch the May 9 national elections in the Philippines.
Based on the polling places its ambassadors visited in different sections of Metro Manila and adjacent provinces, the delegation stated it observed “usually peaceful, free, and fair democratic elections.”

“The EU (Delegation to the Philippines) looks forward to working with the next administration over the next six years to build closer EU-Philippine cooperation,” the statement stated.

Based on 97.72 percent of election results processed, presidential candidate Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. leads his nearest competitor Vice President Leni Robredo by 30.9 million votes in the partial and unofficial tally.

The EU-Philippines Partnership and Cooperation Agreement (PCA) comes into force in 2018, establishing a joint committee that allows the two countries to strengthen their relations based on mutual interest and respect.

The joint committee set up three specialist subcommittees: Development Cooperation, Trade, Investment, and Economic Cooperation, and Good Governance, Rule of Law, and Human Rights.

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