MANILA, Philippines — US Secretary of State Antony Blinken met with President Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. in Malacaang on Saturday offering reassurance that his country would honor its commitments to the Philippines under the decades-old Mutual Defense Treaty (MDT) amid rising tensions in the region.
“We’re committed to the Mutual Defense Treaty. We’re committed to working with you on shared challenges,” Blinken, the highest American official to visit the country since the President’s inauguration on June 30, told Marcos during the meeting.
Blinken assured Marcos that the “alliance is strong” between Manila and Washington and “can grow even stronger.”
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