U.S. and Philippine Forces Come Together for the Opening Ceremony of Balikatan 2019

(Left to right) Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) Lt. Gen. Gilbert I. Gapay, commanding general of the Southern Luzon Command and exercise co-director; Department of National Defense Undersecretary Cardozo M. Luna; Ambassador Kim; Gen. Benjamin R. Madrigal Jr., Chief of Staff of the AFP; and U.S. Marine Corps Brig. Gen. Christopher A. McPhillips, commanding ...
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Philippines Barangay Blue Ridge Visits the USS Blue Ridge

Manila, March 21, 2019 — U.S. 7th Fleet Flagship USS Blue Ridge (LCC 19) and embarked 7th Fleet staff welcomed residents of Quezon City’s Barangay Blue Ridge B for a ship tour while docked in Manila, Philippines on March 17. Because the USS Blue Ridge and Barangay Blue Ridge B share a namesake, the Blue ...
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Humanitarian Projects Begin throughout Luzon in Support of Exercise Balikatan 19

Manila, March 15, 2019 — Multinational forces began humanitarian and civic assistance projects as part of exercise Balikatan 2019 on March 12. Philippine, U.S., and Australian forces attended ground-breaking ceremonies for the renovation of three elementary schools in Orani, Bataan Province; Pangil, Laguna Province; and San Juan, Batangas Province as well as a health clinic ...
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U.S. Secretary of State Pompeo Arrives in Philippines, Meets with President Duterte

Manila, February 28, 2019  — U.S. Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo met with President Rodrigo Duterte upon his arrival to the Philippines on Thursday, February 28.  The meeting underscored our cooperation on bilateral and regional security issues. Secretary Pompeo arrived at the Villamor Air Base in Pasay City on Thursday at 8:36 p.m. and ...
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U.S. and Philippine Armies Launch Exercise Salaknib 19

Manila, February 27, 2019 — The Armed Forces of the Philippines and U.S. Army Pacific will participate in Exercise Salaknib 2019, which will be conducted in and around Fort Magsaysay, Palayan, and Nueva Ecija, Philippines from March 4 to 24, 2019.  The U.S. Army 7th Infantry Division Commander Maj. Gen. Willard M. Burleson III and ...
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Commander of U.S. Marine Forces Pacific Lt. Gen. Craparotta Visits Manila, Emphasizes U.S.-Philippine Alliance

Manila, February 18, 2019 — Lieutenant General Lewis A. Craparotta, Commander of U.S. Marine Forces Pacific (MARFORPAC), visited the Philippines from February 16 to 18 and emphasized the importance of the U.S.-Philippine alliance to the Indo-Pacific region. During his visit, Craparotta met with the Chief of Staff of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) ...
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U.S., Philippines Unveil New Coast Guard Maritime Training Facility

Bulacan, February 11, 2019 – The United States and the Philippines jointly unveiled the Outboard Motor Center of Excellence, a new maritime training facility, in Balagtas, Bulacan on February 11.  The U.S. government funded the Php 39 million facility, which will enhance the Philippine Coast Guard’s capacity to train its workforce and sustain its equipment.  ...
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U.S. and Philippine Air Forces conclude the Bilateral Air Contingent Exercise – Philippines (BACE-P)

Members of the U.S. and Philippine Air Forces marked the successful completion of 12 days of bilateral training and increased mutual cooperation during the seventh iteration of the Bilateral Air Continent Exchange – Philippines (BACE-P) at Cesar Basa Air Base, Pampanga. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Anthony Small) Pampanga, February 5, 2019 — ...
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U.S., Philippines Cut the Ribbon on Enhanced Defense Cooperation Agreement Project

Pampanga, January 30, 2019 — U.S. Ambassador Sung Y. Kim and Secretary of National Defense Delfin N. Lorenzana cut the ribbon on the first major project under the Enhanced Defense Cooperation Agreement (EDCA) at Cesar Basa Air Base, Pampanga, on January 29. The ribbon-cutting ceremony marked the completion of construction on a Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief warehouse, which will ...
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U.S. Indo-Pacific Commander Admiral Davidson Visits Manila

Manila, December 12, 2018 — Admiral Philip Davidson, Commander of the U.S. Indo-Pacific Command, visited Manila from December 10 to 11. While in Manila, Admiral Davidson attended the Balangiga Bells handover ceremony and the Armed Forces of the Philippines Change of Command. During his visit, Admiral Davidson met with President Rodrigo Duterte and Secretary of National Defense Delfin Lorenzana ...
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U.S. Government Returns Balangiga Bells to the Philippines

Manila, December 11, 2018 — This morning at 10:30 a.m., the three Balangiga Bells arrived at Villamor Air Base in Manila.  U.S. Ambassador to the Philippines Sung Kim participated in a ceremony officially turning the bells over to the Philippine government. “The history of these bells spans the entire relationship between the United States and ...
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U.S. Government Returns Balangiga Bells to the Philippines

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Remarks by Ambassador Sung Kim at the Ceremony of the Return of the Balangiga Bells

Return of Balangiga Bells U.S. Ambassador to the Philippines Sung Y. Kim Manila December 11, 2018 As prepared Magandang hapon.  Good afternoon.  Thank you all for joining us today.  It is a tremendous honor for me to be a part of this historic occasion. I’m proud and grateful to be joined by Executive Secretary Medialdea, ...
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Balangiga Bells Depart Okinawa

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All Three Balangiga Bells Reunited in Okinawa, Japan

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Balangiga Bells Departed Wyoming on November 15, 2018

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U.S. Army Pacific’s General Brown Visits Manila, Emphasizes U.S.-Philippine Alliance

Manila, November 13, 2018 — General Robert Brown, Commander of U.S. Army Pacific (USARPAC), visited the Philippines from November 10 to 13, emphasizing the importance of the U.S.-Philippine alliance to the Indo-Pacific region. While in the Philippines, Gen. Brown attended a U.S. and Philippine Veterans Day ceremony at the Manila American Cemetery and Memorial in ...
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Embassy Supports Philippine Army Social Media Cell

Manila, October 3, 2018 — Information Operations Specialists with U.S. Army Special Operations Command, Fort Bragg, North Carolina, trained a new Philippine Army (PA) social media monitoring cell on September 28 on monitoring, clarifying, and countering disinformation spread by violent extremist organizations on social media. The cell, developed at the direction of PA Commanding General ...
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U.S. Marines and Armed Forces of the Philippines Launch Exercise KAMANDAG 2

Brigadier General Chris McPhillips, Commanding General of the 3d Marine Expeditionary Brigade, Major General Nathaniel Casem, Inspector General of the Philippine Navy, and Brigadier General Melquiades Ordiales, Deputy Commandant of the Philippine Marine Corps, open exercise KAMANDAG 2 during a ceremony at Subic Bay International Airport. Subic Bay, October 1, 2018 — The 3d Marine ...
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Indo-Pacific Command’s Admiral Davidson Visits Manila, Reinforces U.S.-Philippine Alliance

Admiral Philip Davidson, Commander of the U.S. Indo-Pacific Command , spoke with Executive Secretary of the Philippines Salvador Medialdea on September 26 during Davidson’s recent visit to the Philippines. Admiral Philip Davidson met with Secretary of National Defense Delfin Lorenzana on September 27 during Davidson’s recent visit to the Philippines. Admiral Philip Davidson, Commander of the U.S. Indo-Pacific Command (Indo-PACOM), and General Carlito Galvez, ...
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U.S. Indo-Pacific Command’s Admiral Davidson Visits Manila, Reinforces U.S.-Philippine Alliance

Manila, September 28, 2018 — Admiral Philip Davidson, Commander of the U.S. Indo-Pacific Command (Indo-PACOM), visited the Philippines for the annual Mutual Defense Board and Security Engagement Board (MDB-SEB) September 25 to 28, reinforcing the longstanding U. S.-Philippine alliance.  The trip marks his first visit to the Philippines as Indo-PACOM commander. The annual MDB-SEB coordinates ...
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Annual Mutual Defense Board and Security Engagement Board Reinforces U.S.-Philippine Alliance

Adm. Philip Davidson, Commander of the U.S. Indo-Pacific Command, and Gen. Carlito Galvez, Chief of Staff of the Armed Forces of the Philippines, sign agreements on security cooperation activities for 2019 at this year’s Mutual Defense Board and Security Engagement Board Meeting at Tejeros Hall, AFP Commissioned Officers Club, Camp Aguinaldo, Quezon City.  (Photo by ...
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U.S. Government Provides Millions of Rounds of Ammunition to the Armed Forces of the Philippines

Clark Air Base, September 24, 2018 — The U.S. government provided more than 5 million rounds of ammunition worth Php117.4 million ($2.2 million) to the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) for counterterrorism training. The ammunition was funded as a grant through the U.S. Counterterrorism Train and Equip Program and will be used primarily by ...
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Assistant Secretary of Defense Randall Schriver Visits Manila, Underscores U.S. Commitment to the Philippines

Manila, August 17, 2018 — Assistant Secretary of Defense for Asian and Pacific Security Affairs Randall G. Schriver visited the Philippines August 15 to 17 to reinforce the United States’ commitment to the Indo-Pacific region and to the Philippines, a close friend, partner, and ally. “This was my first visit to the Philippines as Assistant ...
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U.S. Government Provides New SABIR System to Enhance Philippine Air Force Capabilities

U.S. Ambassador to the Philippines Sung Y. Kim and Philippine Secretary of National Defense Delfin N. Lorenzana join representatives of the Philippine Air Force and Joint U.S. Military Assistance Group with the newly-transferred Special Airborne Mission Installation and Response (SABIR) system. Manila, August 14, 2018 — U.S. Ambassador to the Philippines Sung Y. Kim turned ...
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Statement by U.S. Ambassador to the Philippines Sung Y. Kim

Manila, July 19, 2018 — “I am proud to announce that the United States will contribute 1.418 billion pesos over the next two years to boost counterterrorism support for Philippine law enforcement agencies.  Our joint efforts to confront shared threats to the peace and security of both of our countries is another powerful example of ...
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United States to Boost Counterterrorism Support for Philippine Law Enforcement

Manila, July 19, 2018 —The United States will contribute $26.5 million (Php1.418 billion) over the next two years to boost counterterrorism support for Philippine law enforcement agencies. The assistance will include training, equipment, and other support to build comprehensive law enforcement capacity within a rule of law framework to deny terrorist operations, funding, and movement; ...
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U.S. and Philippines Strengthen Alliance with Maritime Training Activity 2018

U.S. and Philippines Strengthen Alliance with Maritime Training Activity 2018 Commander, Logistics Group Western Pacific U.S. Navy San Fernando City, PHILIPPINES (NNS) – The U.S. and Philippines Navies kicked off Maritime Training Activity (MTA) Sama Sama at Naval Station Ernesto Ogbinar in San Fernando City, Philippines, July 9. The week-long engagement focuses on the full ...
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Ronald Reagan Sailors Volunteer to Help Mount Mayon Eruption Victims in Manila

Ronald Reagan Sailors Volunteer to Help Mount Mayon Eruption Victims in Manila By Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Greg Johnson USS Ronald Reagan Public Affairs Manila – Thirty Sailors assigned to the forward-deployed aircraft carrier, USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76), participated in a community volunteer project with the Republic of the Philippines National Response and ...
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U.S. Government Announces Php296.2 Million in Assistance for Women and Households Affected by Marawi Conflict

Davao, June 23 — U.S. Embassy in the Philippines Deputy Chief of Mission (DCM) Michael Klecheski announced Php296.2 million ($5.55 million) in new assistance for humanitarian and recovery work in and around Marawi.  The additional assistance will promote the role and inclusion of women in the recovery and rehabilitation of Marawi as well as support ...
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U.S. Military Provides Personal Protective Equipment for the Philippine Marine Corps

Manila, June 6, 2018 — The U.S. military provided new Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) to the Philippine Marine Special Operations Group (MARSOG) and Inshore Boat Battalion at Fort Bonifacio, Taguig City, on May 31. The 525 sets of ballistic vests, lightweight ballistic plates, tactical ballistic helmets, and accessories provided through the Counterterrorism Train and Equip ...
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Balikatan 34 Strengthens U.S.-Philippine Alliance through Rigorous Training

From left, Armed Forces of the Philippines Lt. Gen. Emmanuel B. Salamat, commander, AFP Northern Luzon Command; Undersecretary Cardozo M. Luna, Philippine Undersecretary of National Defense; Mr. Michael S. Klecheski, U.S. Embassy Chargé d’Affaires; AFP Gen. Carlito G. Galvez Jr., chief of staff, AFP and U.S. Marine Corps Brig. Gen. Thomas D. Weidley, commanding general, 1st ...
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U.S. and Philippines Stand Shoulder-to-Shoulder during Balikatan 34 Opening Ceremony

From left, Armed Forces of the Philippines Lt. Gen. Emmanuel B. Salamat, commander, Armed Forces of the Philippines Northern Luzon Command; Sung Y. Kim, U.S. Ambassador to the Philippines; Secretary Delfin N. Lorenzana, Philippine Secretary of National Defense; Armed Forces of the Philippines Lt. Gen. Carlito G. Galvez Jr., chief of staff, Armed Forces of ...
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Balikatan 34

Manila, April 19, 2018 — The Government of the Philippines has invited U.S. forces to train alongside the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) in the 34th iteration of Balikatan (BK), from May 7 to 18, at multiple locations in Luzon. Philippine and U.S. forces began community engagement activities in Luzon today prior to the ...
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U.S. Military Turns Over New Scan Eagle Unmanned Aerial System to Secretary of National Defense and Philippine Air Force

Manila, March 13, 2018 — U.S. Ambassador to the Philippines Sung Y. Kim turned over a Scan Eagle Unmanned Aerial System (UAS) to Secretary of National Defense Delfin N. Lorenzana during a transfer ceremony at Villamor Air Base, Pasay City, on March 13. Ambassador Kim and officials from the Joint U.S. Military Assistance Group delivered ...
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U.S. Equipment Delivery to AFP to Increase Interoperability and Effectiveness

Ammunition and explosives delivered from the U.S. to the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) at Subic Bay, Luzon.  This delivery is one of many recent deliveries from the U.S. through the Mutual Logistics Support Agreement (MLSA) that enhance the AFP’s counterterrorism capabilities and directly support AFP members engaged in current counterterrorism operations. Manila, January ...
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American and Filipino Service Members Honored at 2017 Veterans Day Commemoration

Manila, November 13, 2017 —On November 11, U.S. Ambassador to the Philippines Sung Y. Kim led the 2017 Veterans Day commemoration at the Manila American Cemetery and Memorial in Taguig City, Metro Manila. Veterans Day is an American holiday that originates with the formal end of hostilities of World War I with the signing of ...
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U.S. Armed Forces and AFP Complete Successful First KAMANDAG

Manila, October 12, 2017 — U.S. Marines and Sailors with the 3d Marine Expeditionary Brigade, together with their Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) counterparts, successfully concluded the inaugural exercise KAMANDAG yesterday during a closing ceremony at Marine Barracks Rudiardo Brown, Taguig, Philippines. KAMANDAG, which ran from October 2 to 11, is an acronym for ...
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U.S. Marines and Armed Forces Philippines Launch Inaugural KAMANDAG

Manila, October 2, 2017 — U.S. Marines and Sailors with the 3d Marine Expeditionary Brigade, together with their Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) counterparts, launch the inaugural exercise KAMANDAG today at multiple locations on the island of Luzon, Philippines. KAMANDAG, which will run until October 11, is an acronym for the Filipino phrase “Kaagapay ...
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U.S. and Philippine Service Members Rebuild Schools in Casiguran

Casiguran, Aurora, September 16, 2017 — U.S. Marines and Sailors with the 3d Marine Expeditionary Brigade (3d MEB) alongside their Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) counterparts conducted a groundbreaking ceremony on the renovation of several schools and a day care center in Casiguran.  The construction work is a joint civic assistance activity which forms ...
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U.S. and Philippines Participate in Counterterrorism Crisis Response Drill

Manila, September 15, 2017 —The governments of the Philippines and the United States will embark on a bilateral, interagency counterterrorism drill, Tempest Wind, in mid-September intended to test and improve the ability of both nations to rapidly plan, coordinate, and conduct counterterrorism operations. The whole-of-government drill will be augmented by additional military assessments, national level ...
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U.S. Increases Surveillance Support for AFP Counterterrorism Efforts in Mindanao

Manila, September 11, 2017 —The United States deployed the Gray Eagle Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) to Mindanao for additional surveillance in support of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) counterterrorism efforts. Compared to current surveillance platforms used in the region, the Gray Eagle has a longer flight duration which will enable a larger area ...
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