“The United States has been committed to the security of this region for more than 70 years. We have a treaty obligation, an ironclad commitment to the defense of our ally, the Philippines. You can count on the United States,” United States President Barack Obama said after touring Philippine Navy’s BRP Gregorio del Pilar.
Obama is in Manila for the APEC Leaders’ Meeting.
“The ship that I just toured, a former U.S. Coast Guard vessel, helps the Philippines respond to disasters, perform counterterrorism missions, and patrol the South China Sea,” he said. “My visit here underscores our shared commitment to the security of the waters of this region and to the freedom of navigation.”
He also announced that US is transferring “a research vessel to help map its territorial waters, and another U.S. Coast Guard cutter to bolster the Navy’s ability to conduct long-endurance patrols.”
“It’s part of our larger plan to increase maritime security assistance to our allies and our partners across the region — $250 million over the course of two years,” he added.
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