From the Document: "Ferdinand 'Bongbong' Marcos Jr. won the Philippine presidential election on May 9, 2022. Marcos Jr., the son of former Philippine president Ferdinand Marcos [hyperlink], won more than 31 million or 58% of the 55 million votes cast. [...] U.S.-Philippine people-people ties are extensive, and the two nations have long shared a wide range of strategic and economic interests. As a U.S. ally and key partner for U.S. efforts in maritime security and counterterrorism in Southeast Asia, the Philippines plays an important role in the U.S. Indo-Pacific Strategy [hyperlink]. Under the 1951 Mutual Defense Treaty [hyperlink], the United States and the Philippines, a former U.S. colony, committed to help defend each other against external armed attack. The Philippines is the largest recipient of U.S. military assistance and Development Assistance account funding in the East Asia-Pacific region. The U.S.-Philippines Congressional Friendship Caucus [hyperlink] was launched in 2021 in honor of the 75th anniversary of diplomatic relations between the two countries. In May 2022, the Philippines became one of the initial members of the Indo-Pacific Economic Framework [hyperlink] launched by the Biden Administration."
CRS Insight, IN11954
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