Marcos urged to pursue multilateral ties
Many international affairs analysts believe that the new administration of President-elect Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. should pursue multilateral relations for better economic interests and national security.
They said Marcos should review the partnership built by President Rodrigo Duterte’s government, learn from them, and use the lessons learned to form a new foreign policy.
“We must involve multilateral institutions and multilateral security systems, especially in this region, where we need to diversify and deepen our relationships with other foreign partners,” said International Politics. Robin Michael Garcia, a policy analyst with a PhD, said. Similarly, Joshua Bernard Espeña, an associate professor of political science and international affairs at the Philippine Institute of Technology, suggested that the Philippines should reach out to countries other than China.
“We must understand that independent foreign policy is very expansive, because we must be prepared for the failure of these relationships,” he said.
Espena added that China should not be the Philippines’ strongest partner in economic recovery, but only one in the post-pandemic recovery.