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Alyansa ng Pinas at US, ‘stronger than ever’- Amb. Carlson

MANILA, Philippines – NANINIWALA si United States Ambassador to Manila MaryKay Carlson na “stronger than ever” ang alyansa ng Pilipinas at Estados Unidos.

Nakipagkita si Carlson sa mga top defense officials ng bansa sa gitna ng demand ng China na itigil na ng Pilipinas at Estados Unidos ang kanilang military activities sa West Philippine Sea.

Sa hiwalay na posts sa X (dating Twitter), ibinahagi ng ambassador ang mga larawan ng kanyang pakikipagpulong kina National Security Adviser (NSA) Eduardo Año at Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) Chief-of-Staff General Romeo Brawner Jr.

“I agree with Gen. Brawner: The (US-Philippine) alliance is stronger than ever! Appreciate recent @TeamAFP and @US7thFleet efforts to uphold freedom of navigation and a #FreeAndOpenIndoPacific,” ang nakasaad sa post ni Carlson.

“Looking forward to furthering our collaboration as #FriendsPartnersAllies,” aniya pa rin.

Sa isa pang tweet, ipinahayag naman nito ang commitment ng Washington bilang “kaibigan at kaalyansa” ng Maynila.

“Honored to call on NSA Eduardo Año to express appreciation for his leadership and the Philippines’ consistent position in support of international maritime law. We stand with our Philippine #FriendsPartnersAllies,” Ani Carlson.

Nauna rito, iginiit ng Philippine military na dapat respetuhin ng China ang soberanya ng Pilipinas at karapatan nitong magsagawa ng aktibidad sa West Philippine Sea (WPS).

Ito ay matapos kumpirmahin ni Armed Forces of the Philippines Public Affairs Office (AFP PAO) chief Colonel Xerxes Trinidad na binuntutan ng Chinese warships ang ikalawang joint maritime patrol ng Philippine Navy at ng United States Navy sa rehiyon.

”Yes, we can confirm the presence of two PLA-N (People’s Liberation Army-Navy) vessels from a distance shadowing the participants of the MCA (maritime cooperative activity). We have identified a PLA-N Destroyer with BN174 and a PLA-N Frigate with BN570,” pahayag ni Trinidad.

”The MCA is well within (the) Philippines’ Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ). We are hoping that China and other foreign countries will respect our sovereignty and right to conduct the activity that is following international law,” dagdag niya.

Batay sa mga naunang ulat, sinundan ng Chinese warships, tinukoy na guided missile destroyer Hefei (174) at ang frigate Huangshan (570), ang BRP Ramon Alcaraz (PS-16), sister ship nitong BRP Gregorio del Pilar (PS-15) at BRP Davao del Sur (LD-602), sa paglalayag ng Filipino ships.

Subalit, hindi hinarangan ng umaaligid na vessels ang progreso ng PN ships sa paglalayag nito kasama nag US Navy 7th Fleet para sa joint maritime patrol.

Sinabi ni AFP chief of staff General Romeo Brawner na ang joint military activity ngayong linggo ay tanda ng”significant leap” sa alyansa ng Manila sa US at interoperability nito sa American military.

“Our alliance is stronger than ever, sending a message to the world. We are advancing a rules-based international order and a free and open Indo-Pacific region in the face of regional challenges,” wika ni Brawner. Kris Jose

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