Blinken Meets with US Embassy Staff, Ben&Ben

MANILA – US Secretary of State Antony Blinken met with staff from the US Embassy in Manila on Saturday before concluding his official visit to the Philippines.

“Second. Blinken personally thanked the community for their service and contributions to the U.S.-Philippine relationship as #FriendsPartnersAllies,” the Embassy said in a tweet.

Filipino band Ben&Ben was also invited to perform at the event.

“Ben and Ben also gave Sec. Blinken, U.S. Ambassador to the Philippines MaryKay Carlson and U.S. Embassy Staff Preview Their New Song! Thanks for sharing your music with us! the tweet read.

Prior to his meeting with embassy staff, Blinken met with President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. and Foreign Minister Enrique Manalo to affirm the longstanding ties between Manila and Washington.

His visit comes as tension between China and Taiwan has increased following the recent visit of US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to Taipei, a move Beijing sees as a disrespect to its anti-terrorist policy. one China.