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Deputy Secretary Sherman and Marcos are working to strengthen US-Philippine ties.

MANILA, Philippines — Wendy Sherman, a visiting Deputy State Secretary, met with President-elect Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. on Thursday to press for a deeper economic connection and alliance between the Philippines and the US.

The two agreed to boost the economies of their respective countries, according to State Department spokesperson Ned Price, and they emphasized the importance of public-private partnerships, sustainable energy, and the digital economy.

They talked on ways to strengthen the alliance between the two countries, among other things.

“The Deputy Secretary and the President-Elect emphasized the importance of the US-Philippine Alliance to security and prosperity in the Indo-Pacific region and around the world, as well as the importance of fostering respect for human rights and the rule of law in the Philippines,” according to Price.

“They addressed ways for our two countries to deepen our Alliance and friendship in the years ahead, as well as exploit new possibilities to deliver for our people,” he added.

His advisers, Philippine Ambassador to the United States Jose Manuel Romualdez, incoming Executive Secretary Vic Rodriguez, and Department of Foreign Affairs Undersecretary Theresa Lazaro, are in the meeting with Sherman and Marcos.

Since Marcos’ resounding victory in the 2022 Philippine elections, Sherman is the first high-ranking foreign government official to meet with him in person.

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