United States, President Barack Obama in his remarks during the state dinner in his honor in Malacañang, said America is inspired by the Filipinos’ resilience and determination after being affected by super typhoon “Yolanda” (international name Haiyan) last year.
The visiting US leader, on the last leg of his four-nation Asian visit which brought him to Japan, South Korea and Malaysia, said Americans grieve from the devastation of deadly tornadoes that ripped through central and southern United States Sunday, killing at least 17 people. He added that America draw their strength from the Philippine example of caring for their fellow countrymen.
Earlier in a joint press conference with President Benigno S. Aquino III in Malacañang Monday, Obama assured the Philippines of his government’s commitment to support the country’s rehabilitation efforts of Yolanda-devastated areas.
The US humanitarian assistance to the Philippines already amounted to almost US$60 million. This includes US$30 million from USAID and US$21.857 million from the US Department of Defense.