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Over 300 Phl-US military activities set
The embassy said the activities, which will surpass this year’s 281, were agreed during the Mutual Defense Board and Security Engagement Board (MDB-SEB) at Camp Aguinaldo on Friday.
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Over 300 Phl-US military activities set

Janvic Mateo (The Philippine Star) - September 14, 2019 - 12:00am

MANILA, Philippines — The Armed Forces of the Philippines and the United States have agreed to conduct over 300 security cooperation activities next year, according to the US embassy in Manila.

The embassy said the activities, which will surpass this year’s 281, were agreed during the Mutual Defense Board and Security Engagement Board (MDB-SEB) at Camp Aguinaldo on Friday.

“At the MDB-SEB, the US and the Philippines reaffirmed their continuing and close relationship by enhancing cooperation in counterterrorism, maritime security, cyber security, humanitarian assistance and disaster relief, and many others,” the embassy statement read. Details of the upcoming activities have yet to be released.

Armed Forces of the Philippines chief of staff Benjamin Madrigal Jr. and Adm. Philip Davidson, commander of the US Indo-Pacific Command, attended the meeting.

Davidson described the meeting as a way of addressing regional security challenges together as friends, allies and partners.

“We will continue to stand together on the foundation of common interests and values. Our national security, including economic security, is reliant on a free and open Indo-Pacific and a rules-based international order,” he said.

At the end of the meeting, Madrigal was presented the Legion of Merit for his outstanding contributions to the US-Philippine alliance. The recognition is the highest US military decoration that may be awarded to foreign military personnel.

The MDB-SEB serves as the central forum for the US and Philippine armed forces to coordinate and plan military activities. – With Jaime Laude

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