MANILA - US President Barack Obama on Tuesday said America will continue to extend help to allies affected by natural disasters, citing as example American aid sent to the Philippines after the onslaught of super typhoon Yolanda.
In his address, Obama said America will continue to focus on the Asia-Pacific amid a brewing territorial row involving China and its neighbors.
"And we will continue to focus on the Asia-Pacific, where we support our allies, shape a future of greater security and prosperity, and extend a hand to those devastated by disaster - as we did in the Philippines, when our Marines and civilians rushed to aid those battered by a typhoon, and were greeted with words like, 'We will never forget your kindness' and 'God bless America!'"
The United States initially sent $20 million in humanitarian aid to the Philippines just days after Yolanda struck. The aid was later increased to $37 million.
The American government also sent the aircraft carrier USS George Washington and its carrier strike group to help in the relief effort.
According to the Pentagon, the US government has responded to more than 40 disasters in the Philippines since 1990. With a report from Agence France-Presse