RP-US relationship remains firm – Palace official

MANILA — The relationship between the Philippines and the United States remains solid despite reports that the latter is “deeply concerned” on the rise of drug-related killings since President Rodrigo Duterte assumed presidency.

Presidential Spokesperson Ernesto Abella made the assurance in a press briefing in Malacañang on Friday.

“We’d also like to reiterate that the relationship between the US and the Philippines remains basically solid and we do have a good relationship.”

US State Department Spokesman Mark Toner in an earlier statement stressed that their government remains committed to strengthening their bilateral relationship with the Philippine government, in its quest to forge unity among its allies in the Asia Pacific region. PNA/northboundasia.com