Marcos says discussed defense agreements, climate funding with U.S. envoy

May 23, 2022 - 4:51 PM
Presidential candidate Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos Jr., the son and namesake of the late Philippine dictator, gestures to the crowd during his final campaign rally with vice-presidential candidate Sara Duterte-Carpio, before the 2022 national elections, in Paranaque City, Metro Manila, Philippines, May 7, 2022. (Reuters/Eloisa Lopez/File Photo)

 Presumptive president-elect Ferdinand Marcos Jr said on Monday he discussed security issues with an envoy of defense treaty ally the United States, from which he welcomed any economic assistance.

Marcos told a news conference he had talks with the U.S. charge d’ affairs which included extension of a Visiting Forces Agreement that allows U.S. troops to conduct exchanges on Philippine soil, plus funding for climate change mitigation. He also said he had asked Arsenio Balisacan to join his cabinet as economic planning minister, a role he previously held.

—Reporting by Neil Jerome Morales; Writing by Martin Petty; Editing by Ed Davies