Marcos leaves for Australia for 2-day official visit

Bongbong Marcos leaves for Australia for 2-day official visit

By: - Reporter / @JMangaluzINQ
/ 08:37 AM February 28, 2024

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MANILA, Philippines — President Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. left for Canberra, Australia on Wednesday morning.

Marcos will address the Australian Parliament during his two-day visit to Australia. He will return to the country on Thursday.


“As part of this visit, I will have the opportunity to address the Parliament of Australia and provide greater detail on the commitments that we place in this partnership and our vision for the future of the Philippines,” said Marcos in his departure speech.


“I will make sure to acknowledge the ever-growing relations on defense and security with one of our only two Status of Visiting Forces partners, as highlighted last year by the success of Exercise Alon and the Maritime Cooperative Activity,” he said.

In 2023, Australia and the Philippines held joint sea and air patrols in the South China Sea as part of their commitment to regional peace.

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“I anticipate an enhancement of the mutual understanding between the Philippines and Australia as we share a common vision not just for our bilateral relations, but for the peace and security of the region as well,” said Marcos.

Marcos also said he expected large investment opportunities in Australia.

According to the Palace, Marcos will be the first Filipino leader to make such an address to Australian lawmakers.


The President will return to Australia next Monday for the Association of Southeast Asian Nations – Australia Summit.

“The President’s visit and official activities in Canberra shall further strengthen existing bonds of cooperation and shall enable discussions for new avenues of collaboration, as both the Philippines and Australia look forward to celebrating the 78th anniversary of diplomatic relations later this year,” Department of Foreign Affairs Spokesperson Ma. Teresita Daza said in a press briefing.

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