WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW
United States Vice President Kamala Harris is visiting the Philippines for the first time, as Washington seeks to shore up ties with its oldest ally in the region.
While in the country, Harris is expected to hold meetings with President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. and Vice President Sara Duterte. In a first, Harris is also scheduled to visit Puerto Princesa, Palawan, as the US seeks to demonstrate its commitment to back the Philippines in the West Philippine Sea.
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[WATCH] Rappler Recap: Key takeaways from US Vice President Harris’ Philippine visit
United States Vice President Kamala Harris caps off her Philippine visit with a stop in Palawan where she met with the local fishing community and the Philippine Coast Guard stationed there. Rappler reporter Sofia Tomacruz reports live from Puerto Princesa.
LIVE: US VP Kamala Harris meets with Philippine Coast Guard in Palawan
US Vice President Kamala Harris meets with the Philippine Coast Guard and delivers a speech onboard the BRP Teresa Magbanua, in Puerto Princesa, Palawan on Tuesday, November 22.
Harris underscored respect for human rights, press freedom in Marcos meeting
The White House says Vice President Kamala Harris also stressed “the importance of bolstering democratic principles,” and the commitment of the Biden-Harris administration to strengthen US ties with the Philippines.