U.S. and Philippines strengthen military ties

(Photo credit ABC News) Philippine Defense MInister Carlito Galvez Jr. and US Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III shaking hands

The Philippines and the United States Alliance continues to grow – with Philippine President Ferdinand Marcos together with Defense Minister Carlito Galvez Jr and US Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin III announcing a stronger partnership.

The announcement came in a media conference – that declared that US service members will be doing more training and exercise together with Philippine allies.

“The bilateral meeting we have today will further strengthen our nations collaborative efforts in pressing further security threats in the region. As well as effectively dealing with the natural disasters caused by climate change,” said Galvez.

The US and the Philippines are strengthening ties.

With the US gaining a stronger foothold within Southeast Asia.

This was brought forth following a meeting with Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin III and Philippine President Ferdinand Marcos and Secretary of National Defense Carlito Galvez.

The purpose of the meeting was to highlight the treaty alliance between the two countries.

According to the Department of Defense, during the meeting at the Malacanang Palace, Austin told the Philippine President that the United States wants to strengthen their relationship in every way possible.

Galvez said that, “these efforts which we hope to jointly undertake is in line with the guidance of President Ferdinand Marcos. To make sure that not an inch of our nation’s territory will be lost and our people’s safety and security will be ensured by strengthening our diplomatic relations with our allies. Preserve peace and create a stable international environment in the Asia-pacific region.”

The strengthened alliance comes as a benefit to both countries.

As the United States gains a stronger hold in the Asia Pacific, and the Philippines gains stronger fire power in protecting their boarders.

With Austin assuring that the (1951) Mutual Defense Treaty obligates that both countries help defend each other in major conflicts.

The treaty, according to Austin, applies to armed attacks on either of their armed forces, public vessels or aircraft anywhere in the South China or West Philippine Sea.

“These efforts are especially important as the People’s Republic of China continues to advance its illegitimate claims in the West Philippine Sea,” said US Secretary of Defense Austin.