US commitment to defend Philippines is 'ironclad': Obama

 17 Nov 2015 - 11:22

US commitment to defend Philippines is 'ironclad': Obama
US President Barack Obama delivers remarks after touring the Philippine Navy's BRP Gregorio Del Pilar at Manila Harbor in Manila, Philippines, November 17, 2015. Reuters


Manila: US President Barack Obama on Tuesday pledged his nation's "ironclad" commitment to defend longtime ally the Philippines, which is locked in a bitter territorial row with China.

"The United States has been committed to the security of this region for more than 70 years, we have a treaty obligation, an ironclad commitment, to the defence of our ally the Philippines, who can count on the United States," Obama said as he toured the Philippine Navy's flagship vessel in Manila.