U.S. Vice-President Walter Mondale warned Philippine President Ferdinand Marcos on Wednesday (3 May) that alleged?
U.S. Vice-President Walter Mondale warned Philippine President Ferdinand Marcos on Wednesday (3 May) that alleged human rights violations in the Philippines could harm its relations with America, but gave a reassurance of US readiness to help the country's economy.
Mr. Mondale and President Marcos had nearly three hours of talks at the Malacanang Presidential Palace covering human rights, military bases agreements and outstanding bilateral economic problems.
Mr. Mondale said that the US was determined to play a strong role in maintaining the overall security of the Asia-Pacific region in his meeting with Mr. Marcos.
At the end they signed a project aid agreement worth more than 42 million US Dollars for Philippines development of non-conventional energy, rural roads and cooperative marketing.
Mr. Mondale said the agreement was a tangible demonstration of American behalf in basic human rights.
Speaking to reporters on the second day of his Manila visit, Mr. Mondale said that he had a "candid" exchange of views of human rights with President Marcos.
"I emphasised that the United States had no plans for how the people of the Philippines should conduct their internal affairs. Think I was able to convey the fact that the concern of the American people for human rights is a measure of the affection and respect we have for the Philippines people." Mr. Mondale said.