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Top gov’t security officials attend Mutual Defense Board meeting in Hawaii By Mario J. Mallari 08/15/2011

Monday, August 15, 2011

Top gov’t security officials attend Mutual Defense Board meeting in Hawaii

By Mario J. Mallari 08/15/2011

Top security officials of the Philippines flew yesterday to Hawaii for the annual Mutual Defense Board (MDB) meeting with the United States.

Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) Chief of Staff Gen. Eduardo Oban Jr. headed the Philippine delegation which also includes Philippine National Police (PNP) Director General Raul Bacalzo and Philippine Coast Guard Commandant Adm. Ramon Liwag.

The 53rd RP-US annual MDB and the 6th Security Engagement Board Meeting, being held under the RP-US Mutual Defense Treaty (MDT), are scheduled on Aug. 15 to 16 at the headquarters of the US Pacific Command in Camp Smith, Honolulu.

“The Mutual Defense Treaty has long been in existence for almost 60 years and because of it we have continued to engage in partnerships and agreements with the US manifested through Balikatan Exercises which is held annually,” said Oban, who co-chairs the board meeting with US Pacom Commander Adm. Robert Willard..... MORE

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