MANILA — United States President Joe Biden greets Filipinos who commemorate the country’s 123rd Independence Day today and pushes for continued cooperation between the two nations not only in combating the coronavirus pandemic but in other areas as well.
“To all the people of the Philippines, happy independence day! It’s my honor as President to send best wishes and the enduring friendship of the American people as you celebrate this joyous occasion,” says Biden in a video message posted on the U.S. Department of State’s Twitter page.
The U.S. president accentuates the friendship of the two nations as he marks the US-PH 75th anniversary of diplomatic relations and 70th anniversary of “strong alliance.”
“As we honor this joyful occasion of independence and friendship, let’s also look to the future, at the challenges our two countries must continue to work to take on together. From defeating this pandemic and strengthening global preparedness for the next one, to advancing the free and open Indo-Pacific region for all peoples.
“I hope that friendship between the Philippines and the United States will continue to be a source of strength for both our nations through “I hope that friendship between the Philippines and the United States will continue to be a source of strength for both our nations through all the decades. I wish you all a safe and joyful celebration,” says Biden.
He also honored Filipinos and Filipino-Americans in the U.S. for their “invaluable contribution.”
“They enrich the American character, making our nations stronger and more vibrant,” he says.
The Philippines is a recipient of millions of COVID-19 vaccine doses donated by the U.S. through the World Health Organization-led COVAX Facility. (LO/The MiNT)