US commits $32M to PH for law enforcement training, services
The United States on Wednesday committed to donate $32 million to the Philippines for law enforcement training and services.
“The US committed $32 million in training and services,” Presidential Spokesman Ernesto Abella said in a press briefing.
The commitment came during the meeting of President Rodrigo Duterte and US Secretary John Kerry in Malacañang.
Abella said Duterte and Kerry discussed “common concerns” as they affirm the long-standing relations between the Philippines and the US.
“They also discussed common concerns like terrorism, crime, drugs, religious fanaticis and maritime security. They also mentioned a menu of solutions,” he said.
The Palace official said the ruling of the United Nation’s Permanent Court of Arbitration was also discussed.
Duterte assured Kerry that the Philippine government would engage in bilateral talks with China only within the bounds of the UN ruling.
“Whatever talks we will enage in will begin with the ruling. That will be the foundation (of the talks).
Duterte and Kerry also discussed the Enhance Defense Cooperation Agreement (Edca).
Abella said the two officials affirmed to work on the implementation of the Edca as long as it works for the Philippines.
He said the Paris pact signed last December 2015 was also discussed.
“Mr. Kerry was helpful in defining issues on Paris pact. The President also responded appropriately. He said the Philippines will work out as long as everything is fair,” Abella said. RAM
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