Defense ties ng PH, US pagtitibayin

Defense ties ng PH, US pagtitibayin

October 1, 2022 @ 11:15 AM 2 months ago


MANILA, Philippines- Nananatiling “key pillar” ng bilateral relations ang defense at security cooperation sa pagitan ng Pilipinas at United States, ayon kay Department of National Defense officer-in-charge Jose Faustino Jr.

Nagkita sina Faustino at US Department of Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin III sa US Indo-Pacific Command sa Honolulu, Hawaii nitong Huwebes upang talakayin ang pagtaas sa interoperability sa pagitan ng dalawang armed forces.

“We continue to stand by the PH-US Mutual Defense Treaty and it has been the basis of the national defense policy of our country and we look forward after this bilateral meeting that we have a more robust cooperation, particularly in issues pertaining [to] external threats to our country, and coming up with other avenues of cooperation where we could discuss things with mutual interest to the US and PH,” pahayag ni Faustino.

“We fought together, we trained together, and so we consider ourselves—we’re allies, but we consider ourselves to be more family than anything else and I’m proud to say that,” ayon naman kay Austin.

Patuloy  niya, “I cannot imagine a day when the US and the PH aren’t allies. It’s who we are… Today, we agree on a number of ways to continue to grow that cooperation. As you know, we’ve been able to move forward our VFA [Visiting Forces Agreement] and we discussed EDCA [Enhanced Defense Cooperation Agreement], which is critical to our alliance cooperation, and strengthening our combined capabilities.”

Ang Pilipinas at US ang pinakamatagal na security ally sa Southeast Asia.

Ang pagkikita nina Faustino at Austin ay kasunod ng pagtatapos ng planning cycle ng PH-US bilateral defense activities para sa susunod na taon. RNT/SA