PBBM eyes stronger PH-Peru ties, gets invited to visit Lima in 2024


President Ferdinand R. Marcos Jr. on Saturday (Manila time) expressed his intent to elevate the Philippines’ relations with Peru, as the two nations seek to revitalize their economies post-pandemic.

In his bilateral meeting with Peruvian President Dina Boluarte on the sidelines of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit in San Francisco, California, Marcos said he believes it is time for the two countries to pursue and encourage even stronger ties, considering their common colonial history.

‘I find that this is important in this time, in our history, because of the importance of alliances and the partnerships that we forge in this time as we are trying to recover, to transform the economies after the pandemic, and in the face of the many geopolitical shocks that both our countries are feeling,’ he said.

Boluarte agreed and formally invited Marcos to visit Peru to commemorate the 50 years of establishment of formal relations between the two nations and attend the APEC meeting in 2024.

She also
urged Marcos to bring Filipino investment to Peru, saying the South American country is ‘very stable,’ with the lowest inflation rate in the region.

‘And I would also like to take this opportunity to invite you officially for (an) official State Visit to Peru, to celebrate 50 years of our bilateral ties, and next year it is going to be 50 years. So, we’d be honored if you can pay a state visit to us to commemorate,’ Boluarta told Marcos.

‘And so, we look forward to welcoming you to Peru with open arms and warm heart to have that brotherly and sisterly treatment between our countries.’

Peru hosted the APEC forum in 2008 and 2016. Its APEC theme for 2024 is ‘Empower. Include. Grow.’

Establishment of embassies

Boluarte also expressed hope that Marcos would consider opening an embassy in Peru, as she bared her plan to reopen an embassy in Manila.

Peru closed its embassy in Manila in 2003 as part of its austerity program. The Peruvian ambassador in Bangkok covers the Philippines as a non-resident ambassador.

‘This will be a very important step in shortening the distance and shortening time in order to continue the ties between the Philippines and Peru,’ Boluarte said.

The Philippines and Peru established diplomatic relations on Nov 30, 1974, with the Philippines setting up its embassy in Lima in 1982 while Peru established its mission in Manila in 1980.

As of Sept. 2022, approximately 160 Filipinos are living in Peru, mostly professionals, service and sales workers, missionaries, and students.

Improved trade ties

Boluarte said she also wants trade agencies of both countries to work together to enable Peru to ship such agricultural products as grapes, avocados, and blueberries to the Philippines.

Marcos thanked Boluarte for finding time to hold a bilateral meeting with him despite her ‘very busy’ schedule during the APEC meeting in San Francisco.

‘It is important, especially as you are taking over the chairmanship for the next round of conferences,’ he said. ‘Especially, we are looking forward to coming to L
ima, to Peru for the APEC but, of course, thank you again for your very kind invitation to come – to be with you to celebrate the 50th anniversary of our relations – of our formal relations between Peru and the Philippines.’

The Philippines’ main exports to Peru are electronic products, tuna, other manufactures, non-metallic mineral manufactures, and chemicals.

On the other hand, Peru’s major exports to the Philippines include metalliferous ores and metal scraps, non-ferrous metal, feeding stuff for animals, metal products, and articles of apparel and accessories.

Investment areas for promotion to Peru include manufacturing, infrastructure, and energy.

Source: Philippines News Agency

PNP: 100% support for Marcos admin, no destab plans


The Philippine National Police (PNP) on Saturday reassured the public there is no brewing destabilization plot as it dismissed reports of ‘uneasiness’ among its ranks.

PNP spokesperson Col. Jean Fajardo made the statement when asked for comment about former president Rodrigo Duterte’s statement that the military and the police are closely watching the political developments at the House of Representatives amid the allegedly emerging alliance between Speaker Martin Romualdez and ACT Teachers Party-list Rep. France Castro.

‘On the part of the PNP, hindi tayo makikilahok sa anumang attempt na i-destabilize itong ating government. Bagama’t sabi ko nga, ang PNP ay nakahanda para i-defend ang security at sovereignty ng ating bansa but these political issues, sana ay huwag na masama pa iyong PNP (On the part of the PNP we will not participate in any attempt to destabilize our government. Although as I said, the PNP is ready to defend the security and sovereignty of our country but I hope the PNP would be excluded
from these political issues),’ she said.

‘Mayroon tayong mandato na i-enforce iyong ating mga batas but kagaya ng sinabi ko kanina na as an institution, ang PNP po (We have a mandate to enforce our laws, as I said earlier, as an institution, the PNP is) 100 percent behind this administration,’ she added.

During his SMNI program on Wednesday, Duterte said Congress should be sensitive to the sentiments of the military and the police.

‘Bantayan ninyo ang military pati pulis. Kayong nakipagkonsabo… hindi ko kayo tinatakot. Pero, bantayan ninyo ang military pati pulis. Ilan ang namatay at pinatay ninyo na pulis pati militar (Watch the military and the police closely. You who are conniving… I am not scaring you. But watch the military and the police. How many soldiers and police have been killed already)?” Duterte said, referring to security forces’ deaths at the hands of Communist Party of the Philippines-New People’s Army rebels.

The former chief executive is facing a complaint filed by Castro, who accused
him of grave threats and red-tagging.

Source: Philippines News Agency

UST Tigresses secure twice-to-beat advantage


University of Santo Tomas stamped its class over Ateneo de Manila, 80-68, in the UAAP Season 86 women’s basketball tournament at Smart Araneta Coliseum in Quezon City on Saturday.

The Tigresses rolled to their fourth straight win and finished the elimination round with an 11-3 record.

Thanks to National University’s 81-51 victory over University of the Philippines in the other game, UST secured second place and earned the twice-to-beat advantage in the Final Four.

Gypsy Canuto had 16 points and six rebounds for the league-leading Lady Bulldogs (13-1) who will face the fourth-ranked Ateneo Lady Eagles in the semifinals.

UST was paced by Angelina Villasin, who registered a career-high 20 points, including four triples.

‘It was a good experience,’ said the graduating master’s student out of North Park University in Chicago, Illinois in the United States.

She continued: ‘It’s mostly just practice translating [on the court]. Honestly, we just work hard and do the same things we do every day in practice
. We just stick to our system and what our coach wants and we just get the shots that we want.”

Eka Soriano contributed 14 points, 11 assists, four rebounds and three steals for the Growling Tigresses, who posted a 62-43 third-quarter lead from a 39-33 halftime advantage.

Jane Pastrana chipped in 12 points, seven rebounds, six steals and three assists, while Brigette Santos had 10 points.

‘We’ll prepare for UP,” said UST coach Haydee Ong. ‘We’ll go back to the drawing board.’

Season 85 Rookie of the Year Kacey dela Rosa delivered 21 points, 11 rebounds, four blocks, three assists and one block for Ateneo (8-6).

Source: Philippines News Agency

PBBM arrives in Los Angeles after ‘very successful’ APEC participation


President Ferdinand R. Marcos Jr. on Saturday (Manila time) arrived in Los Angeles, California, after his successful participation in the 30th Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Leaders’ Meeting in San Francisco.

The presidential plane landed at the Los Angeles International Airport at 12:11 a.m. (PH time), Communications Secretary Cheloy Garafil said in a statement.

‘While in Los Angeles, Marcos will meet with the Filipino community there as well as business leaders and other entities,’ Garafil said.

Marcos’ LA trip is the second leg of his week-long visit to the United States.

He will fly to Honolulu, Hawaii the next day to likewise meet with Filipinos and visit a defense facility and training center of the US Pacific territory.

‘Very successful’ participation

In a media interview in San Francisco before flying to LA, Marcos described his APEC participation as ‘very successful,’ with many of the major economies and smaller developing economies attending the regional gathering.

‘We talke
d about climate change. We talked about AI (artificial intelligence). We talked about food security, energy security, and what each of us can play in facing those challenges that the new world economy has brought us,’ Marcos said.

He lauded the US for its successful chairmanship of the Leaders’ Meeting and related activities.

‘I commended the chairmanship and the hosting of APEC 2023 by the US as they were able to provide for us a forum in which a good deal of important work was done in these past two days,’ President Marcos told the Malacañang Press Corp during the Kapihan with the Media in San Francisco.

‘Missed opportunity’

However, Marcos said he missed the chance to discuss with Tesla chief executive officer Elon Musk the investment opportunities in the Philippines that the American multinational automative and clean energy firm may consider.

Marcos was supposed to hold a meeting with Musk but it did not push through because the latter ‘fell ill.’

‘He was supposed to come here to San Francisco.
Marami siyang ka-meeting dapat dito pero binalitaan kami nagkasakit nga. Kaya wala muna (He was supposed to have a lot of meetings here, but we were told that he got sick. So, it did not prosper), which is a missed opportunity,’ he said.

‘I was really looking forward to it. But we’ll find ways again to [meet him] because [we] have much to discuss with him in terms of the technologies that we would like for Tesla, for example, to bring to the Philippines specifically battery technology, even the manufacture of fully electric vehicles. All of these things that we are hoping to be part of in the future,’ Marcos added.

Marcos expressed optimism that he will find an opportunity to meet with Musk ‘as soon as we can.’

Apart from Musk, Marcos also failed to meet with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau because the APEC meeting ‘ran very late.’

Meeting ‘old friends’

Marcos said he looks forward to seeing his ‘old friends’ in Hawaii when he visits there.

To recall, former president Ferdinand E. Marcos Sr
. and his family fled to Hawaii after the 1986 People Power Revolution.

‘Despite the circumstances of our enforced stay in Hawaii, Hawaii is – the Hawaii and Hawaiians are – it’s a great place to be. And then, we made very many friends. Siyempre malungkot kami dahil hindi kami maka-uwi (Of course, we were sad because we could not go home at that time) but that doesn’t detract from how kind we were treated, the hospitality that we were afforded,’ he said.

‘Now, of course, Honolulu and Hawaii in general have different dimensions also because that was the time that we were in exile. But that dimension is not some kind of, I don’t know, full circle. No, it’s not like that. It’s just I really want to go and see my old friends. These were the people who looked after us after ’86. These were the people who fed us. They brought us clothes. They brought food. Kung hindi sa kanila (Were it not for them), I don’t know what would have happened to us,’ Marcos added.

Marcos also clarified that he ‘never blamed’ the p
eople who ousted his father from power, adding that ‘they don’t need [his] forgiveness.”

He is scheduled to return home on Nov. 20.

Source: Philippines News Agency