U.S. Indo-Pacific Command’s Admiral Davidson Visits Manila, Reinforces U.S.-Philippine Alliance

Admiral Philip Davidson, Commander of the U.S. Indo-Pacific Command (Indo-PACOM), and Gen. Carlito Galvez, Chief of Staff of the Armed Forces of the Philippines receive honors at Camp Aguinaldo, Quezon City.

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 the framework for defense and security cooperation between the U.S. and Philippine militaries.

While in the Philippines, Adm. Davidson met with Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea, Secretary of National Defense Delfin Lorenzana, Chief of Staff of the Armed Forces of the Philippines Gen. Carlito Galvez, and Commander of Western Mindanao Command Lt. Gen. Arnel Dela Vega.

Admiral Davidson’s visit focused on a successful MDB-SEB and the importance of continued security cooperation with the Philippines, a longtime friend, partner, and ally of the United States.