• US Pacific Fleet commander reaffirms commitment to PH

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    THE commander of the United States Pacific Fleet affirmed the US Navy’s strong partnership with the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) on Wednesday following a four-day visit to Manila.

    Admiral Scott Swift met with Secretary of Foreign Affairs Alan Peter Cayetano, Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana, Armed Forces of the Philippines chief General Eduardo Año, and the Philippine Navy flag officer in command, Vice Admiral Ronald Mercado.

    Swift stressed the US Pacific Fleet’s commitment to addressing “shared regional security concerns” including counterterrorism and piracy, while highlighting the strong defense ties between the US and the Philippines.

    “The Philippine Navy is a valued and enduring ally of the US Navy and a close partner of the Pacific Fleet,” said Swift in a statement.

    “I’m very pleased to have had the opportunity to visit with senior government and military leaders here in Manila. We continue to build on the strong relationship we have and to reaffirm our commitment to working together to face shared challenges,” he added.

    The long-standing alliance between the Philippines and the United States has contributed to peace, stability, and prosperity in the Asia-Pacific region for more than 70 years, the US Embassy said in a statement.

    The US and the Philippines inked a Mutual Defense Treaty in 1951 and the Visiting Forces Agreement in 1998. Three years ago, the two countries signed the Enhanced Defense Cooperation Agreement allowing the rotational presence of American troops in some military bases in the country.

    As part of the security partnership, the United States supports the Philippines in its efforts to strengthen national defense, and improve its ability to respond to natural disasters, terror threats, piracy, and other transnational crimes.

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    1. “As part of the security partnership, the United States supports the Philippines in its efforts to strengthen national defense, and improve its ability to respond to natural disasters, terror threats, piracy, and other transnational crimes”.
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      Si Uncle Digong lang kasi ang walang tiwala kay Uncle Sam. Strengthen the Philippine National Defense means transferring newer weapon systems to the AFP that China nor Russia could not do, even though PDU30 have appeared to the leaders of these two countries personally. Once again, the U.S. have demonstrated its sincere desire to help a country they considered partner in maintaining peace and stability is South Pacific in the last 70 years. Other areas that Uncle Sam wanted to improve are its natural disaster operations, because Philippines is prone to natural disasters, and weather we like it or not, natural disasters are already part of our lives. Terror threats, transnational crimes, human trafficking, and propagation of illegal drugs are the areas that the U.S. would like to help as well. With all these things that the U.S. wanted to do for us, there are still many illiterate morons objecting or blocking the efforts. I would say, these low life morons have not learned humility, dahil karamihan sa kanila ay wala namang sinasabi. at puro hangin lang ang laman ng mga ulo.

    2. Duggong should have overridden his foreign affairs and defense secretaries to negate this visit and reaffirmed to the US and Pacific fleet commander that he and PH military does not need any help. Stop the yapping and do the walking. If u have balls,flaunt it.