Philippines, US agree to jointly protect maritime freedom, oppose unilateral actions

Admiral Harry Harris, United States Pacific Command (USPACOM) Commander, had a meeting with Foreign Affairs Secretary Albert del Rosario at Malacañang Palace August 26, the Department of Foreign Affairs said. “Secretary del Rosario and Admiral Harris exchanged views on how to further strengthen the long-standing alliance between the Philippines and the US.”

“They also discussed the current regional security environment, and agreed on the need to jointly protect freedom of the seas and oppose unilateral actions that aim to change the status quo,” DFA noted.

Admiral Harris made a courtesy to President Aquino yesterday. The American Admiral also met with Armed Forces of the Philippine chied General Hernando DCA Iriberri and Defense Secretary Voltaire Gazmin at Camp Emilio Aguinaldo in Quezon City.

Admiral Harry Harris took command of USPACOM on May 27. He was the Commander of US Pacific Fleet from 2013 to May 2015.