News Release

From Presidential Spokesperson Ernie Abella – On the planned US air strikes against Daesh-inspired groups in PH

The fight against terrorism is not a sole concern of the Philippines. It is a concern that must be shared by the community of nations.
While PH-US military alliance remain solid and robust, US military assistance to the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) is limited to technical assistance, information sharing and training.

We have standing protocols which are in place under the Mutual Defense Board-Security Engagement Board with the US under the purview of the PH-US Mutual Defense Treaty of 1951. It does not involve any boots on the ground nor any direct participation in combat operations, such as the air strikes reportedly being planned against Daesh-inspired groups in the Philippines. This is a matter prohibited by our law and Constitution.

There was no discussion of air strikes when PRRD visited the Joint Special Operations Task Force Trident.