By Publisher Lee Kyung-sik
President Yoon Suk-Yeol has congratulated presumptive President-elect Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. on his win in this year's historic elections.
According to news sources in the Philippines and Korea, President Yoon said in his letter addressed to Philippine leader, Mr. Marcos, dated May 15, Yoon said that under Marcos’ leadership the Philippines will continue on its path of stability and prosperity.
Yoon said that the Philippines has been Korea’s long-standing partner with the longest history of diplomatic relations among the members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and “also a key partner in Korea-ASEAN relations.”
Yoon also took note of the Philippines’ historic participation in the Korean War in the 1950s, which greatly contributed to Korea’s restoration of protection of freedom and democracy from the invasion forces of North Korea and its allies.
“I look forward to close cooperation between our two new governments to further deepen our friendship and partnership,” Yoon said.
Acting Commission on Elections (Comelec) Spokesperson John Rex Laudiangco, according to the Philippines news sources, said the canvassing of votes for the President and Vice-Presidential candidates will be completed once Congress resumes session on May 23.
Based on partial and unofficial results from the Comelec, Marcos retains his lead in the Presidential election with 31,104,175 votes, with Leni Robredo trailing at 14,822,051 votes.