AFTER his "very productive" state visit to Jakarta, President Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos Jr. expressed confidence that the agreements entered into by the Philippines and Indonesia will build "a peaceful and more united" Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean).
In a Facebook post, Marcos thanked President Joko Widodo, First Lady Iriana, government ministries, and the Indonesian people for their "kindness and hospitality" since their arrival in Jakarta.
"We are confident that the agreements signed between our countries will help build a peaceful and more united Asean region," Marcos said.
Marcos' three-day state visit to Indonesia yielded at least four agreements in the fields of defense, cultural cooperation, and economy.
The signed deals were presented to Marcos and Widodo on Monday after their bilateral meeting at the Teratai Hall of the Bogor Presidential Palace in West Java, Indonesia.
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The first deal presented was the plan of action between Indonesia and the Philippines from 2022 to 2027. It was presented by Minister of Foreign Affairs Retno Marsudi and Foreign Affairs Secretary Enrique Manalo.
In a press briefing on Monday night, Press Secretary Rose Beatrix "Trixie" Cruz-Angeles said the comprehensive document outlines bilateral programs and commitments for the next five years on a wide range of areas of cooperation such as security, defense, border management, counter-terrorism, economics, energy, maritime, culture, education, labor, health, and consular matters, among others.
Also signed was a memorandum of understanding on cultural cooperation, and was presented by Marsudi and Manalo.
Cruz-Angeles noted that the deal would enhance the cultural and people-to-people exchanges between the Philippines and Indonesia and promote a better understanding and appreciation of the countries' remarkable cultures.
Meanwhile, the Minister of Defense Prabowo Subianto and Department of Defense Undersecretary and Officer-in-Charge Jose Faustino Jr. presented an agreement on cooperative activities in the field of defense and security.