The US-Philippines Society applauds the successful outcome of the recent U.S.-Philippines bilateral “2+2” Ministerial in Washington. We congratulate the two sides led by Secretaries Kerry and Carter of the United States and Secretaries Del Rosario and Gazmin of the Philippines.
The ministerial meetings took on added significance following the Philippine Supreme Court’s timely approval of the Enhanced Defense Cooperation Agreement (EDCA) and will lead to progress in advancing shared strategic goals in areas of security, enhanced maritime domain awareness, climate change, and inclusive economic growth.
Ambassador John F. Maisto
MANILA, PHILIPPINES – On July 27, 2016, Secretary John Kerry met and congratulated newly-elected President Rodrigo R. Duterte at a working luncheon held at the President’s official residence, Bahay ng Pagbabago (House of Change). In his readout, State Department Deputy Spokesperson Mark Toner stated that they discussed bilateral and regional issues …