The Philippine government welcomed the $50-million annual military assistance from the United States, a Malacanang official said on Monday.
The Department of Foreign Affairs has disclosed that Washington had increased its military assistance package from $30 million next fiscal year to about $50 million, the highest level since US troops returned to the Philippines in 2000.
In a press conference, Palace spokesman Edwin Lacierda said the US government has realized the importance of the Philippine in “their policy of pivoting.”
“Does it benefit us? Certainly, it will benefit us,” Lacierda said.
He said “the continuous exercises we have with the United States has helped us also improve our capabilities, information sharing, knowledge sharing is important in this exercises.”
CATHERINE S. VALENTE