Arroyo congratulates, thanks Bush
MANILA, Philippines — President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo has sent a congratulatory letter to outgoing United States President George W. Bush and thanked him for maintaining close ties with the Philippines, Malacañang said.
Bush will relinquish his post to president-elect Barrack Obama on January 20, after eight years in office over which he increasingly came under fire for the US-led invasion of Iraq and a recession that has spread globally.
“President Arroyo has sent a letter of congratulations to President Bush for the very good relationship we had. Among others, it was mentioned, the support of the US government is providing the Philippines, in the economy, as well as in security,” Executive Secretary Eduardo Ermita said.
Ermita expressed hopes the ties between Manila and Wahsington would remain strong under Obama.
“It has been our experience that the US government is very supportive [of the Philippines] as allies,” Ermita said.
Arroyo has supported the US-led war against terrorism, and US forces continue to undertake joint exercises with Filipino troops under her administration.
In a radio interview from Maguindanao province in the south, the President stressed the importance of the joint training and the assistance of US troops in community building projects.
“We’ve had a long partnership with the Americans, especially on counter-terrorism, especially on training, sharing of intelligence, military exchange, and most importantly, in civic works,” she said.
“Together, we build schools, roads, and infrastructure needed to isolate the terrorists,” she said.
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