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By Joel Guinto
First Posted 17:03:00 01/19/2009

Filed Under: Government, US elections, Foreign affairs & international relations

MANILA, Philippines—Malacañang congratulated United States president-elect Barack Obama ahead of his inauguration Tuesday, as it expressed confidence the change in leadership would not affect its strong ties with Washington.

At the same time, deputy presidential spokesperson Lorelei Fajardo took exception Monday at a report on the Philippine Daily Inquirer, which said that ties between the Philippines and the US were shaky, calling it an “unfounded” scenario.

“We would like to express our heartfelt congratulations to President Obama and the American people on the inauguration of their 44th President,” Fajardo told a news conference at the Palace.

“We believe our strong alliance and relationship with the US will continue under the administration of President Obama,” she said.

Obama made history as the first African-American president in US history, trumping his Republican rival John Mc Cain in the November 2008 elections.

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