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IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Release No: 960-12
December 08, 2012

Statement on Department of Defense Support to the Government of the Philippines

            At the request of the government of Philippines, Secretary Panetta has directed U.S. Pacific Command to support U.S. government humanitarian relief operations in the Philippines in the wake of Typhoon Bopha.  The initial focus includes transporting life saving supplies from Manila to communities isolated by infrastructure damage.  In coordination with the U.S. Agency for International Development and the U.S. ambassador in Manila, the Department of Defense will continue to monitor the affects of Typhoon Bopha and stands ready to help our ally recover from the storm.