General David Berger, the Commandant of the United States Marine Corps, visited the Philippines on September 10 and 11 and met with the leadership of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) and the Philippine Navy (PN).
Vice Chief of Staff Lieutenant General Erickson Gloria received the U.S. Marine General at the AFP General Headquarters on September 10 on behalf of AFP Chief of Staff Lieutenant General Jose Faustino Jr.
The significance of the US-Philippines partnership in ensuring peace and stability in the Asia-Pacific region was stressed during their meeting. The relevance of bilateral exercises like Kamandag and Balikatan, as well as maintaining and developing interoperability and relations between the two nations’ armed services, were stressed.
General Berger also paid a visit to the Philippine Navy and Marine Corps headquarters, where he was greeted by Vice Admiral Adeluis Bordado, Flag Officer in Command of the Philippine Navy, and Major General Ariel Caculitan, Commandant of the Philippine Marine Corps.
The Republic of the Philippines and the United States of America’s defense cooperation is one of the foundations of the two countries’ growing partnership.