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    Joe Biden wins 2020 US presidential elections

    MANILA, Philippines – Democrat Joseph Robinette Biden Jr., popularly known as Joe Biden, has claimed victory in the November 2020 US presidential elections hitting the 270 electoral votes on Sunday, November 8 (Manila time).

    Joe Biden wins 2020 US presidential elections
    Democrat Joe Biden is America's 46th president!

    Joe Biden reached 290 electoral votes after The Associated Press called Pennsylvania and Nevada in his favour.

    Biden, who will turn 78 on November 20, made history of becoming the oldest president to take office and will be declared the 46th president of America. The oldest sitting president in U.S. history was Ronald Reagan, who was 77 when he left office in 1989.

    The former Vice President also broke the record for most votes received by a presidential candidate, amassing more than 70 million. The record was held by Barack Obama, who received 69,498,516 votes in the 2008 election.

    Biden toppled re-electionist and business mogul Donald Trump, who obtained 214 electoral votes based on the latest presidential election results mapped by Associated Press.

    The win also marks a milestone in American politics as his running mate California Senator Kamala Harris, the daughter of Indian and Jamaican immigrants, is set to become the first female, first Black American and the first South Asian American elected vice president in U.S. history..

    "It’s time for America to unite. And to heal," President-elect Joe Biden said. #Election2020 READ: bit.ly/Biden46th

    Posted by The Summit Express on Saturday, November 7, 2020

    Biden and Harris will take oath on inauguration day, set on January 20, 2021.

    Duterte congratulates Biden

    On behalf of the Filipino nation, President Rodrigo Roa Duterte wishes to extend his warm congratulations to former Vice President Joseph “Joe” Biden on his election as the new President of the United States of America.

    The Philippines and the United States have long-standing bilateral relations and we are committed to further enhancing the relations with the United States under the Biden administration.

    We look forward to working closely with the new administration of President-elect Biden anchored on mutual respect, mutual benefit, and shared commitment to democracy, freedom and the rule of law.

    Congratulations and we wish him all the best.

    How Biden's victory will affect Filipinos

    Just like any new administration, a Biden victory might signal a shift in the international relations of the Southeast Asian countries, including the Philippines.

    Jose Manuel Romualdez, Philippines' ambassador to the United States, already anticipated that there could be a change in terms of foreign policy and on the economic situation under the Biden administration.

    It can be recalled that under the Trump administration, the Philippines was not invited to the Trans-Pacific Partnership deal, which could have strengthened the trade agreements between the US and the Philippines.

    Under the new administration, ASEAN regional interests would most likely be considered more seriously. Biden’s senior advisor Anthony Blinken has earlier promised, “President Biden will show up and engage ASEAN on critical issues."

    When it comes to trade, it is possible that only minimal changes might occur under Biden as many expect he will continue to US' pullout of American industries in China.

    — The Summit Express

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