There are still no significant changes in the United States’ military support to the Armed Forces of the Philippines despite the recent negative remarks made by President Rodrigo Duterte against the US government, this according to AFP Chief of Staff Ricardo Visaya in his first traditional visit to Palawan on Wednesday, October 5.
“Hindi, hindi, wala pa naman,” Visaya said in a media interview after his “Talk to Men” with the Western Command. However, he refused to elaborate if the President’s strong statements against the US government and President Barack Obama has affected the foreign country’s support to the Philippine military in securing territorial and maritime sovereignty over the West Philippine Sea.
“Mahirap mag-comment d’yan, kung minsan kasi nami-misquote lang ang ating Presidente,” he said.
Visaya also clarified that military exercises between the two countries will go as planned. “Tuloy pa din ang mga exercises especially ‘yung mga amphibious landing exercises, so tuloy pa naman,” he said.
The Philippine Amphibious Landing Exercise (PHIBLEX 33) between the Philippine Marine Corps (PMC) and United States Marine Corps formally began last Tuesday, October 4.