WASHINGTON – President Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. met US President Joe Biden on Monday afternoon (Tuesday early morning in the Philippines).
Biden welcomed the Philippine president at the White House past 2 in the afternoon. The two leaders are expected to hold a bilateral talk, which will be followed by an expanded meeting with other US officials.
Marcos earlier said among his priority topics during his meeting with Biden was the 1951 Mutual Defense Treaty, which, according to him, needs to evolve amid the developing security situation.
Under the pact, Manila and Washington agreed that an armed attack in the Pacific Area on either the Philippines or the US would be dangerous and that they would act to meet the common dangers in accordance with its constitutional processes.
A Reuters report has said the US government has seen the Philippines as “key to any effort to counter an invasion of Taiwan by China.” It said experts believed that Washington has been eyeing Manila to be a potential location for rockets, missiles, and artillery systems which will be used against the Chinese amphibious assault.
Marcos has said that the country would not be used as a “staging post” for any kind of military action. —NB, GMA Integrated News
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