Working ‘shoulder-to-shoulder’ the only way to overcome 21st century security threats PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 18 May 2014 13:52

With the 21st century presenting complex security challenges, Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) chief-of-staff Gen. Emmanuel Bautista said that the only way to overcome these threats is by working “shoulder-to-shoulder” with common allies.

He made this statement during the closing ceremony of “Balikatan 2014” in Camp Aguinaldo, Friday morning.

“Today’s complex and dynamic security environment presents challenges that no nation or armed forces can face alone. These are the challenges of the 21st century, and these include maritime security and climate change,” Bautista stressed.

He added that the just concluded “Balikatan” exercises showed that the only way to address these threats is for everyone to stand shoulder-to-shoulder, in the spirit of global “Bayanihan”.

“Thus, through the exercises that we conducted, the Philippines and the United States jointly developed a platform for regional engagement; enhanced our military capabilities; learned from each other and advanced interoperability and capacity in joint planning execution,” he added.

Likewise, the exercises emphasized that as friends and allies, the Philippines and the United States will act in our collective capacity to safeguard international peace and security, and to ensure that territorial integrity and sovereignty are respected.

“The ‘Balikatan’ 2014 once again proved that the enduring alliance between the Philippines and the United States is a pillar for peace in Southeast Asia and the greater Asia Pacific,” Bautista shared.

The AFP chief also pointed both the Philippines and America shared a common history of defending each other under.

This was further highlighted by the Mutual Defense Treaty of 1951 and the 2013 Joint Vision Statement for Security Cooperation which further strengthen the alliance between the two nations.

“We seek for more ways to strengthen this alliance and ensure that it remains relevant, responsive, and modernized. And may this alliance inspire the rest of the world, to work shoulder to shoulder, in global ‘Bayanihan’ to address the challenges of the 21st century that we now all face,”