The United States has despatched its greatest needs to the Philippines on its 119th Independence Day, affirming its enduring alliance with the strategic associate particularly in combating terrorism and extremism.

“On behalf of President Trump and the American people, congratulations and best wishes to the people of the Republic of the Philippines as you commemorate your 119th independence day on June 12,” Secretary of State Rex Tillerson stated in an announcement posted on Twitter.

“The United States proudly stands with the Philippines as a longstanding ally, especially as the country confronts challenges associated with terrorism and extremism, including recent attacks in Marawi City and elsewhere,” he stated.

Tillerson stated the US admires the Filipino individuals’s resilience and power in battling adversity and constructing a extra affluent and safe future. “On this special day, we honor the enduring U.S.-Philippine alliance, built on our shared democratic values, growing commerce, and strong people-to-people ties,” he stated.