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US SECRETARY CONGRATULATES PHILIPPINES ON ITS ANNIVERSARY OF INDEPENDENCE

US SECRETARY CONGRATULATES PHILIPPINES ON ITS ANNIVERSARY OF INDEPENDENCE
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MANILA, Philippines - US Secretary of State John Kerry congratulated yesterday (10 June 2016) the Philippines on the eve of its 118th Independence celebration, calling the country’s president a strong ally and faithful friend of the United States.


In a statement, Kerry said that “On behalf of President Obama and the American people, I want to congratulate the people of the Philippines as you celebrate the anniversary of your nation’s independence this June 12,”.

The secretary thanked PNoy who will step down from office when his term ends on 30 June 2016. The US is looking forward to another era of strong cooperation with the Philippines under the administration of incoming President Rodrigo Duterte, he added.

“I thank President Aquino for being a strong ally and a faithful friend for the United States over the last six years,” Kerry said.

Under Pnoy's administration, the Philippines and the US signed the EDCA (Enhanced Defense Cooperation Agreement) way back 28 April 2014, shortly before US President Barack Obama arrived for a state visit to the Philippines.

The Supreme Court upheld last January the constitutionality of the EDCA, which involves stationing American troops, planes, and ships in the country on a rotating basis. The defense pact is seen as the Philippines’ deterrent to China’s stepped-up unilateral actions in the South China Sea.

Kerry said that “As our two nations continue our work to strengthen regional peace and security, combat climate change, stamp out terrorism, and fight transnational crime, we look forward to the leadership of president-elect Duterte and another era of strong cooperation,”.

The critical role of the two countries’ alliance in America’s rebalance to Asia and his government’s support for the Philippine position on the South China Sea, Anthony Blinken, US Deputy Secretary of State agreed.

Blinken also added that “Today we celebrate not only 118 years of independence but seven extraordinary decades of partnership that have enriched every facet of our societal foundations,”.

Source: Philstar

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