THE Stratbase-Albert Del Rosario Institute (ADRi) has thrown its full support to the deepening of relations between the Philippines and Australia.
“[The commonwealth] has consistently been among the countries most trusted by Filipinos,” Stratbase-ADRi president Dindo Manhit said. “We are grateful for Australia’s unwavering support for the Philippines, particularly its recognition of the 2016 arbitral ruling and its commitment to preserving the rule of law. Its presence in the Indo-Pacific and defense of the rules-based international order [assures] that peace, stability, and prosperity will be maintained in the region.”
The Stratbase official also pointed out that the signing of their partnership is on the right track for Philippines and Australia’s flourishing relations.
“[In] the last 77 years, our defense and economic ties have grown stronger, fortified by shared values and principles,” Manhit noted. “The visit of Prime Minister Anthony Albanese to Manila is a landmark initiative that highlights the [Philippines’s] central geopolitical value…in the Indo-Pacific region.”
He also highlighted the importance of Philippine-Australian linkages in enhancing regional security and prosperity through cooperation and partnership.
“In particular, Australia has been a dedicated partner in enhancing our military capabilities, as demonstrated by our recently concluded exercise ‘ALON,’ which strengthens our external defense and interoperability,” Manhit explained.
“Furthermore, our elevated [ties with the Oceanic nation assure] us of a reliable friend and partner in economic prosperity,” he added. “Trade activities form a significant part of our relations, as evidenced by Australia’s release of its Southeast Asia Economic Strategy to 2040, which includes cooperation with the Philippines.”