Clinton Visits Philippines to Give Support and Solidarity

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US Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton visited the Philippines to strengthen ties with the nation and to give help and support to victims of recent typhoon floods.

Clinton arrived in the Philippines Monday morning (US Tuesday evening).

She supported the government’s efforts to fight terrorism in the southern part of the country. ┬áThis is in support to her bid for the extension of the RP-US Visiting Forces Agreement. Under this agreement, the US military help train and equip Filipino soldiers. It was also cited that the agreement extends to more than military help as the US forces had a helping role during the latest typhoon floods.

Also, on one of her speeches, the former first lady took a swipe at corrupt governments. She said, “Corruption is corrosive in any society. When leaders enrich themselves at the expense of their people, when they put their own fortunes ahead of the fortune of their people, it has a very unfortunate impact – people don’t trust the government, they don’t rely on the government.”

She visited a local school in Manila that was badly affected by a recent typhoon where about 2000 cheering students waving US and Philippine flags greeted her. The school received books and other supplies from the US government.

The secretary also announced that the Philippines will receive an additional $5.2 million for flood assistance on top of the $14 million that the US government has already given.