Australia’s Governor-General His Excellency General the Honourable David Hurley AC DSC (Retd) and Her Excellency Mrs Linda Hurley arrived in the Philippines on Wednesday, 29 June on a visit at the invitation of the Philippine Government to represent Australia at the inauguration of President-Elect Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr.
The Governor-General will also meet with President Marcos at Malacañang Palace after the inauguration and with members of the Filipino-Australian community in Manila.
His visit highlights the importance Australia places on its long-standing relationship with the Philippines, including the cooperation towards a Strategic Partnership.
The two countries marked 75 years of formal diplomatic relationships in 2021. Australia and the Philippines’ strong and enduring friendship is underpinned by defence and security partnership, strong people-to-people links, trade and investment, and over 50 years of development cooperation. Australia will commit an estimated AUD 78.5 million (PHP2.98 billion) in development assistance to the Philippines in 2022-23.