The Philippines-US Alliance at 70 – The Diplomat

Magazine The 1951 Mutual Defense Treaty became the most important element in the Philippine-U.S. alliance. How can it remain relevant in a changing Indo-Pacific? U.S. Marines and Philippine Marines conduct drills during Exercise Balikatan 2019, at Naval Education and Training Command, April 5, 2019. Credit: U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Christian Ayers Advertisement In December 2018, Philippine Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana declared during a press briefing that the Department of National Defense (DND) was reviewing the 1951 U.S.-Philippines Mutual Defense Treaty (MDT) and its relevance in the 21st…