Duterte thanks US President Biden for COVID-19 vaccines – Manila Bulletin

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In a rare instance, President Duterte was friendly to the United States, which he once spurned for China, and asked the global superpower not to forget the Philippines, a treaty ally.

President Rodrigo Duterte delivers his public address on August 2, 2021. (PCOO Screenshot)

This came after Washington sent 6.2 million vaccines—3.2 million Janssen and 3 million Moderna—in a span of three weeks. More are expected to come as the United States is also poised to distribute its surplus of Astrazeneca vaccines.

“I would like to thank the president of the United States, (Joseph) Biden, the government, and the people of America for not forgetting us. Do not forget us because we share, we share the same outlook sa geopolitics dito (in the geopolitics here) especially sa (in) Southeast Asia,” Duterte said in his taped public address on Monday night.

This was an unusual statement from the Chief Executive who was vocal of his admiration…

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