U.S. Indo-Pacific Commander Admiral Davidson Visits Manila

Admiral Philip Davidson, Commander of the U.S. Indo-Pacific Command (Indo-PACOM), U.S. Ambassador to the Philippines Sung Kim, and Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense Joseph Felter meet with President Rodrigo Duterte at Malacañan Palace.

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 to discuss the importance of the U.S.-Philippine alliance for a stable and peaceful Indo-Pacific region.

Davidson also met with the outgoing Chief of Staff of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (CSAFP) General Carlito Galvez and the newly-appointed CSAFP General Benjamin Madrigal.  Admiral Davidson presented the Legion of Merit award to General Galvez in recognition of his exceptional achievements in combating terrorism and strengthening the U.S.-Philippine alliance.

Admiral Davidson’s second visit to the Philippines underscores the U.S.-Philippine relationship as close friends, partners, and allies.