Sep 7 | Marcos Administration: An Early Look
A VIRTUAL EVENT
Wednesday, September 7, 2022
1100 EDT (2300 PHST)
Following an historic electoral win in May, Philippines President Ferdinand R. Marcos Jr. and his running mate Vice President Sara Duterte, pledged to promote national unity, address rising energy and food prices, and create jobs. President Marcos’ first appointments, including VP Duterte as Education Secretary, Finance Secretary Benjamin Diokno, and the President’s own assumption of the Agriculture portfolio, calmed concerns in some quarters about the direction of the new administration. Subsequent ambiguous statements on the government’s China policy, however, raised eyebrows among critics of the previous administration’s efforts to gain favor with Beijing.
One bright spot on the foreign policy horizon has been President Marcos’ decision to re-appoint the Philippines’ widely respected ambassador to Washington, Jose Manuel Romualdez. In this interview with Stimson Southeast Asia Forum Chair, Prof. William Wise, Ambassador Romualdez will preview the Marcos administration’s agenda, its domestic and foreign policy priorities, and its approach to Philippine-U.S. relations.
The interview with Ambassador Romualdez will be conducted virtually. Hank Hendrickson, Executive Director of the U.S.-Philippines Society, will deliver closing remarks.
Prof. William M. Wise
Chair, Southeast Asia Forum, The Stimson Center
Executive Director, US-Philippines Society
ZOOM DETAILS TO BE PROVIDED
This event is presented by the US-Philippines Society in collaboration with Southeast Asia Forum of the Stimson Center