Roque: Meeting between PH officials, US admiral meant to reassure US
The meeting between Philippine officials and the United States Pacific Command (Pacom) chief was meant to assure the US that the Philippines has not abandoned its traditional alliance, Malacañang said on Monday.
“Well I can only surmise that the visit is intended to reassure the United States that, while we are pursuing an independent foreign policy, we have not actually – we have not abandoned our traditional ally, the United States,” presidential spokesperson Harry Roque said in a Palace briefing.
Government officials, led by Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea, met on Friday with Adm. Harry Harris Jr., Pacom chief, in Honolulu, Hawaii.
“That is probably to reassure [Harris] that we value the continued friendship and security cooperation that we have had with the United States throughout the years,” Roque said.
The meeting took place as China deployed bomber planes in the disputed South China Sea. /atm
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