THE Philippines and the United States have reaffirmed their firm resolve to bolster their enduring alliance anchored on common values and interest, historic ties and the Mutual Defense Treaty.
In a statement, the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) said the high-level delegation in Hawaii led by Executive Secretary Salvador C. Medialdea had productive discussions on critical regional and international issues with US Pacific Command (PACOM) chief Admiral Harry B. Harris Jr. and the commanders of all PACOM service components.
“The Philippine Delegation had a very substantive exchange with Admiral Harris on regional challenges and both sides agreed that the alliance remains consequential to the preservation of regional stability and development,” the DFA said.
The meeting was also participated in by Foreign Secretary Alan Peter S. Cayetano, Secretary Delfin N. Lorenzana, Interior and Local Government OIC-Secretary Eduardo M. Año, Philippine Ambassador Jose Manuel G. Romualdez, and Permanent Representative to the United Nations Teodoro Locsin Jr.
On the South China Sea, the DFA said the Philippine Delegation underscored that the deliberate and nuanced diplomacy by the Duterte Administration had lowered tensions in the region and resulted in clear economic gains for the Philippines.