GUATEMALA CITY — When Guatemala, the United Kingdom, and the Philippines join forces on Independence Day to mark the country’s independence from Spain in 2022, the focus will be on independence.
The two countries’ presidents are expected to announce the first formal signing of a new bilateral agreement on Tuesday, with the United Nations marking the occasion with an official ceremony.
The Philippines, which will host a U.N. Human Rights Council session on the occasion, is also expected to host a ceremony for the signing of the agreement, a spokesman said.
The United Kingdom is the third country to have signed on, following Japan and Peru.
The Philippines has been the target of anti-colonial and anti-imperialist protests for its decision to declare independence in 1898.
The two countries are also expected in 2018 to hold a military parade, which would mark the anniversary of the U.S.-Philippines military alliance that helped overthrow dictator Ferdinand Marcos in 1986.
On Monday, President Benigno Aquino III said he and Prime Minister Roxas would attend a meeting in Washington on Thursday to “discuss ways to deepen our partnership, deepen our security cooperation, and ensure that the two countries have the capability to face challenges together.”
The United States, which was also among the world’s top recipients of foreign aid during the Marcos dictatorship, will hold the first anniversary of a U-turn on its support for the Philippines in 2022.
The Trump administration said it would cut the U,S.
contribution to the Philippines by 50% and increase the amount of U.A.M. aid to 20%.
The United States will also withdraw the UA.
L.A.-funded “Freedom House” and the Philippine-funded “Brigadier General Academy” from U.C.I.A., as well as its “National Institute for Security Studies” program.