An “ironclad” alliance between the Philippines and United States has helped ensure peace and stability in the Indo-Pacific, and Washington is committed to its obligations to Manila under a mutual defence treaty, a top U.S. official said on Friday.
Daniel Kritenbrink, Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs, was speaking after a bilateral security dialogue and said he felt it was not necessary to add to the defence agreement between them.
Philippine Marine Brigadier General Raul Jesus Caldez and U.S. Marine Corporal Colonel Deric Ayers unfurl the flag during the opening ceremony of the joint military exercises Kamandag or the “Cooperation of the Warriors of the Sea,” at the headquarters of Philippine Marine Corps, in Taguig City, Metro Manila, Philippines, October 3, 2022. REUTERS/Lisa Marie David/File Photo
Members of the Philippine Coast Guard welcome the officers and crew of USCG National Security Cutter Midgett upon its arrival for the Philippines-U.S. joint coast guard drills at a port area in Manila, Philippines, August 30, 2022. REUTERS/Eloisa Lopez/File Photo