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Marcos, US Deputy Sec. of State Sherman discuss economic ties, human rights in meeting



United States Deputy Secretary of State Wendy Sherman met with President-elect Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos Jr. on Thursday and discussed how to strengthen the alliance between the Philippines and the US.

In a tweet, Sherman said the economy, human rights, and a free Indo-Pacific region were among the topics discussed during their meeting.

"I was pleased to meet and congratulate President-elect Marcos. We discussed strengthening our longstanding alliance, expanding people-to-people ties, deepening our economic relationship, advancing human rights, and preserving a free and open Indo-Pacific," Sherman said.

According to US Department of State spokesman Ned Price, Sherman and Marcos have agreed on the importance of partnering together "to strengthen our economies, including the importance of public-private partnerships, clean energy, and our digital economy."

"The Deputy Secretary and the President-elect highlighted the importance of the US-Philippine Alliance to security and prosperity in the Indo-Pacific region and the world and the importance of fostering respect for human rights and rule of law in the Philippines," Price said in a press release.

"They discussed opportunities for our two nations to deepen our alliance and friendship and seize new opportunities to deliver for our people in the years to come," he added.

Also present in the meeting were Philippine Ambassador to the US Jose Manuel Romualdez, incoming Executive Secretary Vic Rodriguez, and Department of Foreign Affairs Undersecretary Theresa Lazaro.

Sherman also paid a courtesy call on Foreign Affairs Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr.

The US official is in the Philippines to meet executives from the outgoing and incoming administrations, with the aim to heighten ties between the US and the Philippines.