US Embassy Deputy Chief of Mission Leslie Bassett speaks at PHIBLEX 2012 ceremony in Fort Bonifacio

Posted on October 17, 2011

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The US Embassy Deputy Chief of Mission Hon. Leslie A. Bassett spoke at the opening ceremony of the PHIBLEX 2012 today at the headquarters of the Philippine Marines in Fort Bonifacio, Philippines.

The PHIBLEX are a bilateral exercises held every year between the Philippine and the US Marine Corps, the vital roles of the mission is to improve effective interoperability on disaster response preparedness, community development and humanitarian projects. The US Marine Corps also gains stamina and have the opportunity to learn vital skills from the Filipino Marines in maneuvering through the Jungle  terrains, caves and estuaries.

Hon. Leslie A. Bassett  shared the importance of this 28th round in a series of bilateral exercises and the continued support and strength each nation gives to the other.  The importance of our Global Armed Forces to continue to serve and protect Humanity.

Reflecting back and acknowledging both countries commitment on this years 60th anniversary of  Mutual Defense partnership. The Mutual Defense Treaty Between the Republic of the Philippines and the United States of America was signed on August 30, 1951 in Washington D.C. between the representatives of the two countries.

The Mutual Defense Treaty (MDT)  reaffirms the faith of the two countries in the purposes and principles of the Charter of the United Nations and their desire to live in peace with all peoples and all Governments, and desiring to strengthen the fabric of peace in the Pacific Area.

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