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POSTED | 10:28 AM | 10-04-2015

US vows iron-clad defence for the Philippines

The Philippines will never stand alone against its enemies as the United States renewed its iron-clad commitment to defend its strategic ally in the region, The Manila Bulletin reported on Friday (10 April 2015).

Starting from its close alliance during the Second World War, US Ambassador to the Philippines Philip Goldberg assured that the United States will continue to stand “together, shoulder to shoulder” with the Philippines “in good times and bad.”

“Make no mistake, as President (Barack) Obama said last year during his visit to Manila, ‘our commitment to the Philippines under our Mutual Defense Treaty is iron-clad,’” Goldberg said in his remarks at the 73rd commemorative rites of “Araw ng Kagitingan” at the Mt Samat National Shrine in Bataan.

“In 2015, as in 1942, we face challenges and threats together as partners, friends, and in many cases now, family. Whether we are fighting terrorism or responding to the devastation of natural disasters, we face them together. And when the Philippines is threatened, it is not alone,” the ambassador added.

Goldberg’s assurance of the US iron-clad commitment to defend the Philippines comes amid the country’s long running territorial dispute with China in the West Philippine Sea. In recent weeks, China has intensified its reclamation works in the disputed territory. The US has called for a peaceful resolution to the territorial conflict in the South China Sea, calling for an end to provocative action or use of force to impede freedom of navigation and destabilize the Asia-Pacific region.

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