Obama ‘confident’ US-Philippine defense pact will proceed

November 18, 2015 2:01 AM

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MANILA, Philippines — President Barack Obama says he’s confident the U.S. will be able to execute a defense cooperation agreement with the Philippines despite a hold-up in implementation.

Obama is meeting with Philippine President Benigno Aquino (beh-NEEG’-noh ah-KEEN’-oh) in Manila. He says the agreement will proceed but that it must go through the process.

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