“Our alliance represents the mutual trust that is central to our enduring friendship, and this trust is a necessity in order to confront the security challenges in this theater,” said United States Indo-Pacific Command commander Admiral John C. Aquilino who visited the Philippines for the commemoration of the 70th anniversary of the US-Philippine Mutual Defense Treaty.
“Both of our nations have made it clear that we are committed to the Alliance, and that we remain prepared to fight alongside and defend each other using all of our capabilities to preserve the region’s peace and stability,” he added.
Admiral Aquilino met with Secretary of Foreign Affairs Teodoro L. Locsin Jr., Secretary of National Defense Delfin N. Lorenzana, and Armed Forces of the Philippines Inspector General LtGen. Franco Nemesio M. Gacal.
“The Armed Forces of the Philippines welcomes Admiral John C Aquilino as we commemorate the 70th anniversary of the signing of the Mutual Defense Treaty, the birth of our defense alliance,” LtGen. Gacal said on behalf of AFP Chief of Staff Gen. Jose Faustino. “This occasion is an opportunity to advance our mutual security interests and manifests both our Armed Forces’ commitment to the alliance even in the midst of challenges brought by the pandemic.”