The Philippines received a whopping P1.38-billion worth of military aid from the United States that Department of National Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana said will allow the country’s armed forces to respond to “both traditional and non-traditional security threats to our maritime nation.”
Obviously, Lorenzana was referring to threats to the country’s territorial waters that include the South China Sea that is largely claimed by Beijing.
“We are grateful for the support provided by the United States as we continuously work on the enhancement of the Philippines’ defense capabilities. The modernization of the AFP (Armed Forces of the Philippines) will ultimately allow us to respond more effectively to both traditional and non-traditional security threats to our maritime nation. Our government expresses our deep appreciation for the US government’s assistance in protecting our borders from external threats,” Lorenzana added.
Lorenzana and Foreign Affairs Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr. accepted the donation from visiting acting US Secretary of Defense Christopher Miller during a short ceremony held at the Department of National Defense (DND) building in Camp Aguinaldo, Quezon City.
Miller also informed Lorenzana that one C-130 military transport aircraft would be delivered to the AFP on December 17.
Both Lorenzana and Miller have agreed to boost further the military-to-military engagement between Manila and Washington DC.
Miller met with his Filipino counterpart and other government officials to highlight the long-standing and steadfast alliance between Manila and Washington DC, and the US government’s commitment to helping the country secure its national and regional security. SOVEREIGNPH