Atty. Mike Toledo, who is rumored to be in the running for the post of press secretary, described President Bongbong Marcos’ working visit to New York a highly successful debut of the country’s leader on the world stage.
In his column in The Philippine Star, Toledo, who was former President Joseph Estrada’s press secretary, shared that he was invited to be part of the business delegation that accompanied Marcos on the six-day business trip.
This is the first time that Marcos set foot in the US as the Philippines’ President, and also his first working visit after assuming the presidency.
Toledo, who heads the Government Relations and Public Affairs of the Metro Pacific Investments Corp., particularly lauded the President’s address before the 77th United Nations General Assembly (UNGA), calling it a “well-written and well-delivered speech.”
He also cited the importance US President Joe Biden gave to the Philippines when he spoke with Marcos in a separate one-on-one meeting that lasted for 45 minutes.
Toledo said Marcos brought with him the spirit of Filipinos’ enduring commitment to the ideals of the United Nations.
“He said this commitment was reflected in Philippines’ solid contributions to the cause of peace and justice; that differences should only be resolved through peaceful means; and that by reinforcing the predictability and stability of international law, we provided an example of how states should resolve their differences, which was through reason and through right,” Toledo said.