Obama, World Leaders Congratulate New Philippine President Aquino

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WASHINGTON DC—United States President Barack Obama led a number of world leaders in congratulating Benigno Aquino III on his election as the new president of the Philippines.

Obama on Wednesday called Benigno Aquino III, the White House said.

"The president described the May 10 elections as a model of transparency and positive testament to the strength and vitality of democracy in the Philippines," said a White House statement.

Obama "noted the deep historic and people-to-people ties between the United States and the Philippines and our strong cooperation on security and economic issues in the Asia Pacific region and globally," the statement said.

The White House said the two leaders agreed to take the cooperation between the two countries to a new level and to meeting at a "mutually convenient" time.

Chinese President Hu Jintao and Vice President Xi Jinping sent felicitation messages to Aquino and Vice President-elect Jejomar C. Binay.

In a letter from Beijing dated June 9, Hu noted the 35 years of diplomatic relations between “friendly neighbors.”

“Under new historical circumstances, I would like to work with you to carry forward our traditional friendship, expand our mutually beneficial cooperation, advance China-Philippines strategic and cooperative relations to a new level, and make positive contributions to regional peace, stability, and development,” the Chinese leader said.

“I wish Your Excellency good health and every success in your term of office. May the Republic of the Philippines and its people continue to enjoy prosperity and happiness,” he added.

Binay’s counterpart, Xi Jinping, sent him a similar message of congratulations. He also noted the expanded exchanges and cooperation between the two countries in the fields of politics, economy, trade, culture, and defense.

“I would like to work with Your Excellency, proceeding from the fundamental interests of the two peoples, to push forward China-Philippines strategic and cooperative relations in a sound and stable manner, and make joint efforts to promote regional peace, stability, and development,” Xi said in his message to Binay.

Newly elected Japanese Prime Minister Naoto Kan sent his congratulations Thursday, a day after he was officially proclaimed the next President of the Republic of the Philippines.

In his message issued by the Japanese embassy here, the prime minister expressed the “Japanese government's wish to do its utmost to cooperate with the Philippines in efforts toward further stability and progress for the country, as well as his delight in working together with the next President toward the strategic partnership for the future between the two countries.”

State Secretary Hillary Clinton’s office issued a similar statement. “I join President Obama in congratulating President-elect Benigno ‘Noynoy’ Aquino III, whom the Filipino people have chosen to lead their nation,” she said.

“The Philippines’ successful election exemplified the vitality of the country’s democratic institutions and should be a point of pride for Filipinos everywhere. The Filipino people now look to President-elect Aquino to carry forward the democratic traditions that his parents did so much to champion,” her statement read.

Members of the international community who have welcomed Aquino include:

Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper said: “On behalf of the government and people of Canada, I am honored to congratulate Senator Aquino, president-elect of the Philippines.

“Canada looks forward to working closely with the new government of the Philippines in enhancing bilateral ties and in promoting common interests and shared values on the global stage.”

Newly-elected British Prime Minister David Cameron said “relations between the United Kingdom and the Philippines are strong, with their shared commitment to democracy and sustainable development.

“As we both start our terms in office, I look forward to strengthening our cooperation in tackling the global economic crisis, working for peace and stability in the southern Philippines and advancing respect for human rights in South-East Asia.”


British Ambassador to the Philippines Stephen Lillie echoed the Prime Minister's congratulatory message, noting the contribution to British society of about quarter of a million Filipinos in the United Kingdom.

"Both our countries have recently held general elections. We are both beginning new chapters in our political lives. That provides an excellent opportunity to open a new chapter in UK-RP relations and to strengthen further our friendly ties and co-operation."

US Ambassador Harry K. Thomas Jr. said in congratulatory message: “The United States and the Philippines share common values and common goals designed to make our world more secure and more prosperous. We cooperate closely on regional security, counterterrorism, and in combating transnational crime, including the scourge of trafficking in persons. Our two governments work together to open markets, protect intellectual property rights, fight corruption, and encourage economic growth and development.

Japanese Foreign Minister Katsuya Okada and Japanese Ambassador Makoto Katsura made the following statement: “Japan hopes that, blessed with the expectations and support of the people of the Philippines expressed through the elections, the new President will actively address the challenges faced by the Philippines and achieve further stability and development.

“The government of Japan has been supporting economic and social development of the Philippines and actively involved in the Mindanao peace process. Japan will continue these supports and promote expansion of trade and investment between the two countries through Japan-Philippine Economic Partnership Agreement (JPEPA).”

Chinese Ambassador Liu Jianchao said: “I would like to, on behalf of the Chinese Government and people, convey my sincere congratulations to President Aquino and Vice President Binay. China looks forward to seeing the Philippines continue to enjoy social stability and economic prosperity, and the Philippine people blessed with sustaining happiness under the leadership.

“The proclamation falls on the exact date when our two countries established diplomatic relations 35 years ago. Today represents a historic moment ushering in a new era for China-Philippine relations. The Chinese government stands ready to work with the new Philippine leadership to promote China-Philippines strategic and cooperative relations to a new high, and carry forward China-Philippines friendship with strength and depth.”

Aquino, son of democracy icons Benigno "Ninoy" Aquino Jr. and former President Corazon Aquino was proclaimed president in Congress after winning over 15.2 million votes, or nearly 42 percent of the total cast in the election.


WASHINGTON DC—United States President Barack Obama led a number of world leader in congratulating Benigno Aquino III on his election as the new president of the Philippines.

Obama on Wednesday called Benigno Aquino III, the White House said.

"The president described the May 10 elections as a model of transparency and positive testament to the strength and vitality of democracy in the Philippines," said a White House statement.

Obama "noted the deep historic and people-to-people ties between the United States and the Philippines and our strong cooperation on security and economic issues in the Asia Pacific region and globally," the statement said.

The White House said the two leaders agreed to take the cooperation between the two countries to a new level and to meeting at a "mutually convenient" time.

Chinese President Hu Jintao and Vice President Xi Jinping sent felicitation messages to Aquino and Vice President-elect Jejomar C. Binay.

In a letter from Beijing dated June 9, Hu noted the 35 years of diplomatic relations between “friendly neighbors.”

“Under new historical circumstances, I would like to work with you to carry forward our traditional friendship, expand our mutually beneficial cooperation, advance China-Philippines strategic and cooperative relations to a new level, and make positive contributions to regional peace, stability, and development,” the Chinese leader said.

“I wish Your Excellency good health and every success in your term of office. May the Republic of the Philippines and its people continue to enjoy prosperity and happiness,” he added.

Binay’s counterpart, Xi Jinping, sent him a similar message of congratulations. He also noted the expanded exchanges and cooperation between the two countries in the fields of politics, economy, trade, culture, and defense.

“I would like to work with Your Excellency, proceeding from the fundamental interests of the two peoples, to push forward China-Philippines strategic and cooperative relations in a sound and stable manner, and make joint efforts to promote regional peace, stability, and development,” Xi said in his message to Binay.

Newly elected Japanese Prime Minister Naoto Kan sent his congratulations Thursday, a day after he was officially proclaimed the next President of the Republic of the Philippines.

In his message issued by the Japanese embassy here, the prime minister expressed the “Japanese government's wish to do its utmost to cooperate with the Philippines in efforts toward further stability and progress for the country, as well as his delight in working together with the next President toward the strategic partnership for the future between the two countries.”

State Secretary Hillary Clinton’s office issued a similar statement. “I join President Obama in congratulating President-elect Benigno ‘Noynoy’ Aquino III, whom the Filipino people have chosen to lead their nation,” she said.

“The Philippines’ successful election exemplified the vitality of the country’s democratic institutions and should be a point of pride for Filipinos everywhere. The Filipino people now look to President-elect Aquino to carry forward the democratic traditions that his parents did so much to champion,” her statement read.

Members of the international community who have welcomed Aquino include:

Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper said: “On behalf of the government and people of Canada, I am honored to congratulate Senator Aquino, president-elect of the Philippines.

“Canada looks forward to working closely with the new government of the Philippines in enhancing bilateral ties and in promoting common interests and shared values on the global stage.”

Newly-elected British Prime Minister David Cameron said “relations between the United Kingdom and the Philippines are strong, with their shared commitment to democracy and sustainable development.

“As we both start our terms in office, I look forward to strengthening our cooperation in tackling the global economic crisis, working for peace and stability in the southern Philippines and advancing respect for human rights in South-East Asia.”


British Ambassador to the Philippines Stephen Lillie echoed the Prime Minister's congratulatory message, noting the contribution to British society of about quarter of a million Filipinos in the United Kingdom.

"Both our countries have recently held general elections. We are both beginning new chapters in our political lives. That provides an excellent opportunity to open a new chapter in UK-RP relations and to strengthen further our friendly ties and co-operation."

US Ambassador Harry K. Thomas Jr. said in congratulatory message: “The United States and the Philippines share common values and common goals designed to make our world more secure and more prosperous. We cooperate closely on regional security, counterterrorism, and in combating transnational crime, including the scourge of trafficking in persons. Our two governments work together to open markets, protect intellectual property rights, fight corruption, and encourage economic growth and development.

Japanese Foreign Minister Katsuya Okada and Japanese Ambassador Makoto Katsura made the following statement: “Japan hopes that, blessed with the expectations and support of the people of the Philippines expressed through the elections, the new President will actively address the challenges faced by the Philippines and achieve further stability and development.

“The government of Japan has been supporting economic and social development of the Philippines and actively involved in the Mindanao peace process. Japan will continue these supports and promote expansion of trade and investment between the two countries through Japan-Philippine Economic Partnership Agreement (JPEPA).”

Chinese Ambassador Liu Jianchao said: “I would like to, on behalf of the Chinese Government and people, convey my sincere congratulations to President Aquino and Vice President Binay. China looks forward to seeing the Philippines continue to enjoy social stability and economic prosperity, and the Philippine people blessed with sustaining happiness under the leadership.

“The proclamation falls on the exact date when our two countries established diplomatic relations 35 years ago. Today represents a historic moment ushering in a new era for China-Philippine relations. The Chinese government stands ready to work with the new Philippine leadership to promote China-Philippines strategic and cooperative relations to a new high, and carry forward China-Philippines friendship with strength and depth.”

Aquino, son of democracy icons Benigno "Ninoy" Aquino Jr. and former President Corazon Aquino was proclaimed president in Congress after winning over 15.2 million votes, or nearly 42 percent of the total cast in the election.


WASHINGTON DC—United States President Barack Obama led a number of world leader in congratulating Benigno Aquino III on his election as the new president of the Philippines.

Obama on Wednesday called Benigno Aquino III, the White House said.

"The president described the May 10 elections as a model of transparency and positive testament to the strength and vitality of democracy in the Philippines," said a White House statement.

Obama "noted the deep historic and people-to-people ties between the United States and the Philippines and our strong cooperation on security and economic issues in the Asia Pacific region and globally," the statement said.

The White House said the two leaders agreed to take the cooperation between the two countries to a new level and to meeting at a "mutually convenient" time.

Chinese President Hu Jintao and Vice President Xi Jinping sent felicitation messages to Aquino and Vice President-elect Jejomar C. Binay.

In a letter from Beijing dated June 9, Hu noted the 35 years of diplomatic relations between “friendly neighbors.”

“Under new historical circumstances, I would like to work with you to carry forward our traditional friendship, expand our mutually beneficial cooperation, advance China-Philippines strategic and cooperative relations to a new level, and make positive contributions to regional peace, stability, and development,” the Chinese leader said.

“I wish Your Excellency good health and every success in your term of office. May the Republic of the Philippines and its people continue to enjoy prosperity and happiness,” he added.

Binay’s counterpart, Xi Jinping, sent him a similar message of congratulations. He also noted the expanded exchanges and cooperation between the two countries in the fields of politics, economy, trade, culture, and defense.

“I would like to work with Your Excellency, proceeding from the fundamental interests of the two peoples, to push forward China-Philippines strategic and cooperative relations in a sound and stable manner, and make joint efforts to promote regional peace, stability, and development,” Xi said in his message to Binay.

Newly elected Japanese Prime Minister Naoto Kan sent his congratulations Thursday, a day after he was officially proclaimed the next President of the Republic of the Philippines.

In his message issued by the Japanese embassy here, the prime minister expressed the “Japanese government's wish to do its utmost to cooperate with the Philippines in efforts toward further stability and progress for the country, as well as his delight in working together with the next President toward the strategic partnership for the future between the two countries.”

State Secretary Hillary Clinton’s office issued a similar statement. “I join President Obama in congratulating President-elect Benigno ‘Noynoy’ Aquino III, whom the Filipino people have chosen to lead their nation,” she said.

“The Philippines’ successful election exemplified the vitality of the country’s democratic institutions and should be a point of pride for Filipinos everywhere. The Filipino people now look to President-elect Aquino to carry forward the democratic traditions that his parents did so much to champion,” her statement read.

Members of the international community who have welcomed Aquino include:

Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper said: “On behalf of the government and people of Canada, I am honored to congratulate Senator Aquino, president-elect of the Philippines.

“Canada looks forward to working closely with the new government of the Philippines in enhancing bilateral ties and in promoting common interests and shared values on the global stage.”

Newly-elected British Prime Minister David Cameron said “relations between the United Kingdom and the Philippines are strong, with their shared commitment to democracy and sustainable development.

“As we both start our terms in office, I look forward to strengthening our cooperation in tackling the global economic crisis, working for peace and stability in the southern Philippines and advancing respect for human rights in South-East Asia.”


British Ambassador to the Philippines Stephen Lillie echoed the Prime Minister's congratulatory message, noting the contribution to British society of about quarter of a million Filipinos in the United Kingdom.

"Both our countries have recently held general elections. We are both beginning new chapters in our political lives. That provides an excellent opportunity to open a new chapter in UK-RP relations and to strengthen further our friendly ties and co-operation."

US Ambassador Harry K. Thomas Jr. said in congratulatory message: “The United States and the Philippines share common values and common goals designed to make our world more secure and more prosperous. We cooperate closely on regional security, counterterrorism, and in combating transnational crime, including the scourge of trafficking in persons. Our two governments work together to open markets, protect intellectual property rights, fight corruption, and encourage economic growth and development.

Japanese Foreign Minister Katsuya Okada and Japanese Ambassador Makoto Katsura made the following statement: “Japan hopes that, blessed with the expectations and support of the people of the Philippines expressed through the elections, the new President will actively address the challenges faced by the Philippines and achieve further stability and development.

“The government of Japan has been supporting economic and social development of the Philippines and actively involved in the Mindanao peace process. Japan will continue these supports and promote expansion of trade and investment between the two countries through Japan-Philippine Economic Partnership Agreement (JPEPA).”

Chinese Ambassador Liu Jianchao said: “I would like to, on behalf of the Chinese Government and people, convey my sincere congratulations to President Aquino and Vice President Binay. China looks forward to seeing the Philippines continue to enjoy social stability and economic prosperity, and the Philippine people blessed with sustaining happiness under the leadership.

“The proclamation falls on the exact date when our two countries established diplomatic relations 35 years ago. Today represents a historic moment ushering in a new era for China-Philippine relations. The Chinese government stands ready to work with the new Philippine leadership to promote China-Philippines strategic and cooperative relations to a new high, and carry forward China-Philippines friendship with strength and depth.”

Aquino, son of democracy icons Benigno "Ninoy" Aquino Jr. and former President Corazon Aquino was proclaimed president in Congress after winning over 15.2 million votes, or nearly 42 percent of the total cast in the election.


WASHINGTON DC—United States President Barack Obama led a number of world leader in congratulating Benigno Aquino III on his election as the new president of the Philippines.

Obama on Wednesday called Benigno Aquino III, the White House said.

"The president described the May 10 elections as a model of transparency and positive testament to the strength and vitality of democracy in the Philippines," said a White House statement.

Obama "noted the deep historic and people-to-people ties between the United States and the Philippines and our strong cooperation on security and economic issues in the Asia Pacific region and globally," the statement said.

The White House said the two leaders agreed to take the cooperation between the two countries to a new level and to meeting at a "mutually convenient" time.

Chinese President Hu Jintao and Vice President Xi Jinping sent felicitation messages to Aquino and Vice President-elect Jejomar C. Binay.

In a letter from Beijing dated June 9, Hu noted the 35 years of diplomatic relations between “friendly neighbors.”

“Under new historical circumstances, I would like to work with you to carry forward our traditional friendship, expand our mutually beneficial cooperation, advance China-Philippines strategic and cooperative relations to a new level, and make positive contributions to regional peace, stability, and development,” the Chinese leader said.

“I wish Your Excellency good health and every success in your term of office. May the Republic of the Philippines and its people continue to enjoy prosperity and happiness,” he added.

Binay’s counterpart, Xi Jinping, sent him a similar message of congratulations. He also noted the expanded exchanges and cooperation between the two countries in the fields of politics, economy, trade, culture, and defense.

“I would like to work with Your Excellency, proceeding from the fundamental interests of the two peoples, to push forward China-Philippines strategic and cooperative relations in a sound and stable manner, and make joint efforts to promote regional peace, stability, and development,” Xi said in his message to Binay.

Newly elected Japanese Prime Minister Naoto Kan sent his congratulations Thursday, a day after he was officially proclaimed the next President of the Republic of the Philippines.

In his message issued by the Japanese embassy here, the prime minister expressed the “Japanese government's wish to do its utmost to cooperate with the Philippines in efforts toward further stability and progress for the country, as well as his delight in working together with the next President toward the strategic partnership for the future between the two countries.”

State Secretary Hillary Clinton’s office issued a similar statement. “I join President Obama in congratulating President-elect Benigno ‘Noynoy’ Aquino III, whom the Filipino people have chosen to lead their nation,” she said.

“The Philippines’ successful election exemplified the vitality of the country’s democratic institutions and should be a point of pride for Filipinos everywhere. The Filipino people now look to President-elect Aquino to carry forward the democratic traditions that his parents did so much to champion,” her statement read.

Members of the international community who have welcomed Aquino include:

Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper said: “On behalf of the government and people of Canada, I am honored to congratulate Senator Aquino, president-elect of the Philippines.

“Canada looks forward to working closely with the new government of the Philippines in enhancing bilateral ties and in promoting common interests and shared values on the global stage.”

Newly-elected British Prime Minister David Cameron said “relations between the United Kingdom and the Philippines are strong, with their shared commitment to democracy and sustainable development.

“As we both start our terms in office, I look forward to strengthening our cooperation in tackling the global economic crisis, working for peace and stability in the southern Philippines and advancing respect for human rights in South-East Asia.”


British Ambassador to the Philippines Stephen Lillie echoed the Prime Minister's congratulatory message, noting the contribution to British society of about quarter of a million Filipinos in the United Kingdom.

"Both our countries have recently held general elections. We are both beginning new chapters in our political lives. That provides an excellent opportunity to open a new chapter in UK-RP relations and to strengthen further our friendly ties and co-operation."

US Ambassador Harry K. Thomas Jr. said in congratulatory message: “The United States and the Philippines share common values and common goals designed to make our world more secure and more prosperous. We cooperate closely on regional security, counterterrorism, and in combating transnational crime, including the scourge of trafficking in persons. Our two governments work together to open markets, protect intellectual property rights, fight corruption, and encourage economic growth and development.

Japanese Foreign Minister Katsuya Okada and Japanese Ambassador Makoto Katsura made the following statement: “Japan hopes that, blessed with the expectations and support of the people of the Philippines expressed through the elections, the new President will actively address the challenges faced by the Philippines and achieve further stability and development.

“The government of Japan has been supporting economic and social development of the Philippines and actively involved in the Mindanao peace process. Japan will continue these supports and promote expansion of trade and investment between the two countries through Japan-Philippine Economic Partnership Agreement (JPEPA).”

Chinese Ambassador Liu Jianchao said: “I would like to, on behalf of the Chinese Government and people, convey my sincere congratulations to President Aquino and Vice President Binay. China looks forward to seeing the Philippines continue to enjoy social stability and economic prosperity, and the Philippine people blessed with sustaining happiness under the leadership.

“The proclamation falls on the exact date when our two countries established diplomatic relations 35 years ago. Today represents a historic moment ushering in a new era for China-Philippine relations. The Chinese government stands ready to work with the new Philippine leadership to promote China-Philippines strategic and cooperative relations to a new high, and carry forward China-Philippines friendship with strength and depth.”

Aquino, son of democracy icons Benigno "Ninoy" Aquino Jr. and former President Corazon Aquino was proclaimed president in Congress after winning over 15.2 million votes, or nearly 42 percent of the total cast in the election.


WASHINGTON DC—United States President Barack Obama led a number of world leader in congratulating Benigno Aquino III on his election as the new president of the Philippines.

Obama on Wednesday called Benigno Aquino III, the White House said.

"The president described the May 10 elections as a model of transparency and positive testament to the strength and vitality of democracy in the Philippines," said a White House statement.

Obama "noted the deep historic and people-to-people ties between the United States and the Philippines and our strong cooperation on security and economic issues in the Asia Pacific region and globally," the statement said.

The White House said the two leaders agreed to take the cooperation between the two countries to a new level and to meeting at a "mutually convenient" time.

Chinese President Hu Jintao and Vice President Xi Jinping sent felicitation messages to Aquino and Vice President-elect Jejomar C. Binay.

In a letter from Beijing dated June 9, Hu noted the 35 years of diplomatic relations between “friendly neighbors.”

“Under new historical circumstances, I would like to work with you to carry forward our traditional friendship, expand our mutually beneficial cooperation, advance China-Philippines strategic and cooperative relations to a new level, and make positive contributions to regional peace, stability, and development,” the Chinese leader said.

“I wish Your Excellency good health and every success in your term of office. May the Republic of the Philippines and its people continue to enjoy prosperity and happiness,” he added.

Binay’s counterpart, Xi Jinping, sent him a similar message of congratulations. He also noted the expanded exchanges and cooperation between the two countries in the fields of politics, economy, trade, culture, and defense.

“I would like to work with Your Excellency, proceeding from the fundamental interests of the two peoples, to push forward China-Philippines strategic and cooperative relations in a sound and stable manner, and make joint efforts to promote regional peace, stability, and development,” Xi said in his message to Binay.

Newly elected Japanese Prime Minister Naoto Kan sent his congratulations Thursday, a day after he was officially proclaimed the next President of the Republic of the Philippines.

In his message issued by the Japanese embassy here, the prime minister expressed the “Japanese government's wish to do its utmost to cooperate with the Philippines in efforts toward further stability and progress for the country, as well as his delight in working together with the next President toward the strategic partnership for the future between the two countries.”

State Secretary Hillary Clinton’s office issued a similar statement. “I join President Obama in congratulating President-elect Benigno ‘Noynoy’ Aquino III, whom the Filipino people have chosen to lead their nation,” she said.

“The Philippines’ successful election exemplified the vitality of the country’s democratic institutions and should be a point of pride for Filipinos everywhere. The Filipino people now look to President-elect Aquino to carry forward the democratic traditions that his parents did so much to champion,” her statement read.

Members of the international community who have welcomed Aquino include:

Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper said: “On behalf of the government and people of Canada, I am honored to congratulate Senator Aquino, president-elect of the Philippines.

“Canada looks forward to working closely with the new government of the Philippines in enhancing bilateral ties and in promoting common interests and shared values on the global stage.”

Newly-elected British Prime Minister David Cameron said “relations between the United Kingdom and the Philippines are strong, with their shared commitment to democracy and sustainable development.

“As we both start our terms in office, I look forward to strengthening our cooperation in tackling the global economic crisis, working for peace and stability in the southern Philippines and advancing respect for human rights in South-East Asia.”


British Ambassador to the Philippines Stephen Lillie echoed the Prime Minister's congratulatory message, noting the contribution to British society of about quarter of a million Filipinos in the United Kingdom.

"Both our countries have recently held general elections. We are both beginning new chapters in our political lives. That provides an excellent opportunity to open a new chapter in UK-RP relations and to strengthen further our friendly ties and co-operation."

US Ambassador Harry K. Thomas Jr. said in congratulatory message: “The United States and the Philippines share common values and common goals designed to make our world more secure and more prosperous. We cooperate closely on regional security, counterterrorism, and in combating transnational crime, including the scourge of trafficking in persons. Our two governments work together to open markets, protect intellectual property rights, fight corruption, and encourage economic growth and development.

Japanese Foreign Minister Katsuya Okada and Japanese Ambassador Makoto Katsura made the following statement: “Japan hopes that, blessed with the expectations and support of the people of the Philippines expressed through the elections, the new President will actively address the challenges faced by the Philippines and achieve further stability and development.

“The government of Japan has been supporting economic and social development of the Philippines and actively involved in the Mindanao peace process. Japan will continue these supports and promote expansion of trade and investment between the two countries through Japan-Philippine Economic Partnership Agreement (JPEPA).”

Chinese Ambassador Liu Jianchao said: “I would like to, on behalf of the Chinese Government and people, convey my sincere congratulations to President Aquino and Vice President Binay. China looks forward to seeing the Philippines continue to enjoy social stability and economic prosperity, and the Philippine people blessed with sustaining happiness under the leadership.

“The proclamation falls on the exact date when our two countries established diplomatic relations 35 years ago. Today represents a historic moment ushering in a new era for China-Philippine relations. The Chinese government stands ready to work with the new Philippine leadership to promote China-Philippines strategic and cooperative relations to a new high, and carry forward China-Philippines friendship with strength and depth.”

Aquino, son of democracy icons Benigno "Ninoy" Aquino Jr. and former President Corazon Aquino was proclaimed president in Congress after winning over 15.2 million votes, or nearly 42 percent of the total cast in the election.


WASHINGTON DC—United States President Barack Obama led a number of world leader in congratulating Benigno Aquino III on his election as the new president of the Philippines.

Obama on Wednesday called Benigno Aquino III, the White House said.

"The president described the May 10 elections as a model of transparency and positive testament to the strength and vitality of democracy in the Philippines," said a White House statement.

Obama "noted the deep historic and people-to-people ties between the United States and the Philippines and our strong cooperation on security and economic issues in the Asia Pacific region and globally," the statement said.

The White House said the two leaders agreed to take the cooperation between the two countries to a new level and to meeting at a "mutually convenient" time.

Chinese President Hu Jintao and Vice President Xi Jinping sent felicitation messages to Aquino and Vice President-elect Jejomar C. Binay.

In a letter from Beijing dated June 9, Hu noted the 35 years of diplomatic relations between “friendly neighbors.”

“Under new historical circumstances, I would like to work with you to carry forward our traditional friendship, expand our mutually beneficial cooperation, advance China-Philippines strategic and cooperative relations to a new level, and make positive contributions to regional peace, stability, and development,” the Chinese leader said.

“I wish Your Excellency good health and every success in your term of office. May the Republic of the Philippines and its people continue to enjoy prosperity and happiness,” he added.

Binay’s counterpart, Xi Jinping, sent him a similar message of congratulations. He also noted the expanded exchanges and cooperation between the two countries in the fields of politics, economy, trade, culture, and defense.

“I would like to work with Your Excellency, proceeding from the fundamental interests of the two peoples, to push forward China-Philippines strategic and cooperative relations in a sound and stable manner, and make joint efforts to promote regional peace, stability, and development,” Xi said in his message to Binay.

Newly elected Japanese Prime Minister Naoto Kan sent his congratulations Thursday, a day after he was officially proclaimed the next President of the Republic of the Philippines.

In his message issued by the Japanese embassy here, the prime minister expressed the “Japanese government's wish to do its utmost to cooperate with the Philippines in efforts toward further stability and progress for the country, as well as his delight in working together with the next President toward the strategic partnership for the future between the two countries.”

State Secretary Hillary Clinton’s office issued a similar statement. “I join President Obama in congratulating President-elect Benigno ‘Noynoy’ Aquino III, whom the Filipino people have chosen to lead their nation,” she said.

“The Philippines’ successful election exemplified the vitality of the country’s democratic institutions and should be a point of pride for Filipinos everywhere. The Filipino people now look to President-elect Aquino to carry forward the democratic traditions that his parents did so much to champion,” her statement read.

Members of the international community who have welcomed Aquino include:

Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper said: “On behalf of the government and people of Canada, I am honored to congratulate Senator Aquino, president-elect of the Philippines.

“Canada looks forward to working closely with the new government of the Philippines in enhancing bilateral ties and in promoting common interests and shared values on the global stage.”

Newly-elected British Prime Minister David Cameron said “relations between the United Kingdom and the Philippines are strong, with their shared commitment to democracy and sustainable development.

“As we both start our terms in office, I look forward to strengthening our cooperation in tackling the global economic crisis, working for peace and stability in the southern Philippines and advancing respect for human rights in South-East Asia.”


British Ambassador to the Philippines Stephen Lillie echoed the Prime Minister's congratulatory message, noting the contribution to British society of about quarter of a million Filipinos in the United Kingdom.

"Both our countries have recently held general elections. We are both beginning new chapters in our political lives. That provides an excellent opportunity to open a new chapter in UK-RP relations and to strengthen further our friendly ties and co-operation."

US Ambassador Harry K. Thomas Jr. said in congratulatory message: “The United States and the Philippines share common values and common goals designed to make our world more secure and more prosperous. We cooperate closely on regional security, counterterrorism, and in combating transnational crime, including the scourge of trafficking in persons. Our two governments work together to open markets, protect intellectual property rights, fight corruption, and encourage economic growth and development.

Japanese Foreign Minister Katsuya Okada and Japanese Ambassador Makoto Katsura made the following statement: “Japan hopes that, blessed with the expectations and support of the people of the Philippines expressed through the elections, the new President will actively address the challenges faced by the Philippines and achieve further stability and development.

“The government of Japan has been supporting economic and social development of the Philippines and actively involved in the Mindanao peace process. Japan will continue these supports and promote expansion of trade and investment between the two countries through Japan-Philippine Economic Partnership Agreement (JPEPA).”

Chinese Ambassador Liu Jianchao said: “I would like to, on behalf of the Chinese Government and people, convey my sincere congratulations to President Aquino and Vice President Binay. China looks forward to seeing the Philippines continue to enjoy social stability and economic prosperity, and the Philippine people blessed with sustaining happiness under the leadership.

“The proclamation falls on the exact date when our two countries established diplomatic relations 35 years ago. Today represents a historic moment ushering in a new era for China-Philippine relations. The Chinese government stands ready to work with the new Philippine leadership to promote China-Philippines strategic and cooperative relations to a new high, and carry forward China-Philippines friendship with strength and depth.”

Aquino, son of democracy icons Benigno "Ninoy" Aquino Jr. and former President Corazon Aquino was proclaimed president in Congress after winning over 15.2 million votes, or nearly 42 percent of the total cast in the election.

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