MANILA, Aug. 11— The Commandant of the United States Marine Corps General Robert B. Neller is in town since Aug. 9 to meet with Philippine military and US Embassy leadership and discuss matters of partnership and future engagements.
During his visit, he met with Chief of Staff of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) Gen. Eduardo Año, Commandant of the Philippine Marine Corps (PMC) Maj. Gen. Emmanuel Salamat, US Ambassador Sung Y. Kim and US Marines on assignment at the Embassy in Manila.
The General’s meetings focused on upcoming bilateral engagements in the country, regional security, and the future of diplomacy and interoperability between the two nations.
At a wreath-laying ceremony at the PMC Heroes Memorial on August 10, he honored the sacrifice of the brave Philippine Marines who have died fighting in Marawi. He will stay in the country until Aug. 11.
“These Marines were our friends, our partners and our allies, so on behalf of the entire US Marine Corps, I wanted to honor their sacrifice,” Gen. Neller said.