US State Secretary Antony Blinken hailed Filipino nurses in his country for their work ethic, describing them as “angels” in the United States.
“There are not so many angels in the world. But if there are angels in the United States, among the angels are the Filipino nurses who are caring in so many ways all throughout our country for our fellow Americans,” Blinken said during his courtesy call on President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. on Saturday.
Blinken, who left Manila for South Africa on Saturday night, was joined by US Ambassador MaryKay Loss Carlson,
Assistant Secretary for East Asian and Pacific Affairs Daniel Kritenbrink, Director of the Secretary of State’s Policy Planning Staff Salman Ahmed, Spokesperson Ned Price, Deputy Chief of Staff for Policy Thomas Sullivan, and Political Counselor Brett Blackshaw.
Blinken stressed that Filipino nurses have demonstrated “profoundly touching” compassion, something his own family has experienced.
“And I have to tell you, I have felt that in my own family with different experiences in the past. And that, on a most human level, is profoundly touching,” Blinken told Marcos.
For his part, Marcos said the dedication of Filipino healthcare workers around the world “is a value that we should be very proud of.”
“We are so terribly proud of our healthcare workers, the doctors, and nurses, the Filipinos who have been working in the United States and the way they performed in the face of COVID,” he said.
“We were here watching them and saying again that we Filipinos are playing a global role in combating this pandemic,” he added.
Blinken also said Washington is proud to be Manila’s partner in diverse global issues, including efforts to fight COVID-19 and the need to address climate change.
“We have been proud to be your partner in working on that and protecting all our people. Whether it’s climate and the need to deal with that existential challenge or whether it’s the impact of all these new technologies on the lives of our people,” Blinken said.