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PMs of Australia and Japan congratulate Marcos.

MANILA – On Friday, Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison and Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida congratulated Ferdinand Marcos Jr. on his alleged presidential victory.

Morrison expressed his optimism that the two countries’ relations would flourish under the new Philippine government in a tweet.

“I congratulate Ferdinand Marcos Jr. on his election as President of the Philippines in the May 9th national elections. We look forward to building on our long-standing friendship after celebrating the 75th anniversary of Australia-Philippines relations last year “he wrote.

In a letter of congratulations, Kishida expressed his best wishes to Marcos.

According to a statement from the Japanese Embassy, he expressed his desire to promote collaboration as strategic partners in a wide range of areas in order to realize a “Free and Open Indo-Pacific.”

Marcos is expected to become the next president of the Philippines, according to a partial and unofficial tally by the Commission on Elections.

Marcos Jr. has 31.1 million votes, while Vice President Robredo has 14.8 million, according to 98.35 percent of election returns as of Friday.

Following US Vice President Joe Biden, Chinese President Xi Jinping, and Russian President Vladimir Putin, Morrison and Kishida were among the foreign leaders to congratulate Marcos.

Josep Borrell Fontelles, the European Union’s (EU) High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Vice President of the European Commission, said the bloc is looking forward to working with the new administration in a separate tweet.

“Congratulations to the Filipino people on their national elections, to all of the candidates who ran for office, and to President-elect Marcos on his victory. The EU is eager to cooperate with the new administration to advance EU-ASEAN (Association of Southeast Asian Nations) relations “he wrote in a tweet

Once Marcos is formally declared President-elect by Congress, the transition phase will begin leading up to his inauguration on June 30.

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