Rappler Talk: AU Ambassador Bill Tweddell on PH and SEA outlook
MANILA, Philippines - Diplomatic relations between the Philippines and Australia began in 1946. Today, both countries share the same commitment to peace and security in the region.
In July, Australia formally handed over two Landing Craft Heavy (LCH) ships to the Philippine Navy. This comes at a time of maritime dispute between China and the Philippines.
The ships are also used for disaster and humanitarian response.
In November, Philippine President Benigno Aquino and Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull witnessed the signing of the Joint Declaration on Philippines-Australia Comprehensive Partnership.
What does this mean for the legacy of cooperation between both countries? How will this ramp up the fight against terrorism in Southeast Asia?