United States National Security Advisor Robert O’Brien has led the turn over of USD18 million worth of defense articles including precision guided munitions (PGMs) to Philippines.
The defense articles were received by Foreign Affairs Secretary Teddy Locsin during a ceremony attended by National Defense Undersecretary Cardozo Luna and other defense and military officials today, November 23.
“This transfer underscores our strong and enduring commitment to our critical alliance,” O’Brien said.
“The United States welcomes President Duterte’s recent decision to extend US-PH VFA. We look forward to the VFA continuing to facilitate our closer cooperation in combating terrorism,” he noted.
Secretary Locsin said “this is the fulfillment of a promise made by US President Donald J. Trump to President Duterte during their phone call in April.”
“We look forward to training on the use of these weapons with the best and undisputed military power in the world. The only one in history selflessly dedicated to the freedom and independence of other countries wherever threatened in the world,” Locsin added.