MANILA, 18th November, 2015 (WAM) — US President Barak Obama said that his visit to Manila proves the commitment of the United States and the Philippines to security and freedom of navigation in South China Sea.

Accompanied by Filipino Defence Minister, Voltaire Gazmin, in a speech to the crew of Philippine Navy frigate, Gregorio del Pilar, Obama highlighted Washington’s commitment to boosting security in Philippines’ territorial waters.

The US President is visiting Manila to participate in Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation, APEC, summit. The summit will discuss the strategy of fighting terrorism after Friday’s deadly attacks in Paris and the ongoing disputes and disorders in Europe and Middle East.