MANILA, Nov 7 (Mabuhay) — President Benigno S. Aquino III congratulated United States (US) President Barack Obama on his re-election Tuesday (Wednesday, Manila time) against Republican rival Mitt Romney.
In a statement issued on Wednesday, Presidential Spokesperson Edwin Lacierda said that the President extended his congratulations to President Obama by sending a letter to the White House on Wednesday afternoon.
Obama became the second Democrat, after Bill Clinton, to win a second four-year White House term since World War II.
“In his letter, the President of the Philippines recalled how four years ago, President Obama’s message of hope resonated with the American people and the world, marking the beginning of the long road back for one of the world’s greatest countries,” Lacierda said.
“President Aquino wrote that the American people, in giving a new mandate to Mr. Obama, have trusted him to stay the course, move them forward, and to continue harnessing the voices and ideas of the American people,” Lacierda said.
“The President also wrote that in their encounters, it has been easy for the presidents of both nations to understand each other given the common set of aspirations they have for their respective peoples—inclusive growth and renewed prosperity,” Lacierda stressed.
As a treaty ally and strategic partner of America, Lacierda said, President Aquino told the US President that the Philippines looks forward to deepening the cooperation between the two countries in his second term.
“The President closed his letter by expressing best wishes to Mr. and Mrs. Obama and their family, and to the American people,” Lacierda said. (MNS)