U.S. Vice President Kamala Harris Philippine Visit
VP HARRIS ON UPHOLDING A RULES-BASED INTERNATIONAL ORDER
VP Harris addressed the Philippine Coast Guard, government officials, and the fisherfolk community, during her visit to Palawan which lies along the West Philippine Sea “to underscore the importance of international law, unimpeded commerce and freedom of navigation in the South China Sea.”
Excerpt from VP Harris speech aboard PH Coast Guard Ship in Palawan, Philippines:
“To protect the economic vitality of these communities, to protect the ecosystems they rely on, and to protect lives and livelihoods, we must uphold international rules and norms. And that is why our work here is so very important.
We must stand up for principles such as respect for sovereignty and territorial integrity, unimpeded lawful commerce, the peaceful resolution of disputes, and the freedom of navigation and overflight in the South China Sea and throughout the Indo-Pacific.
To the Philippine Coast Guard, you are on the frontlines of standing up for the international rules-based order. Each and every day, as you patrol these waters, you uphold the rules and norms that are vital to the prosperity of the Filipino people and people around the world.
The United States and the broader international community have a profound stake in the future of this region. America’s prosperity relies on the billions of dollars that flow through these waters every day. And we are proud to work with you in your mission.”
VP Kamala Harris and Sara Duterte-Carpio met during VP Harris visit. They discussed education policy and ways to improve literacy and access to high-quality education for children in the Philippines