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American helicopters and planes, in addition to the U.S. Navy, are helping to search for the more than 300 Philippine tuna fishermen who are still missing after a fatal typhoon struck Mindanao two weeks ago.
U.S. Ambassador Harry K. Thomas. Jr. said the American military was able to assist the Philippines after they requested help because the two countries share a 61-year-old mutual defense treaty and a visiting forces agreement.
According to the Ambassador, the U.S. has given about USD 9.7 million for relief goods and effort.
The U.S. Navy is using its P-3C Orion spy planes to search for the missing tuna fishermen, mostly from General Santos City, in the south Pacific.

US Navy P-3C Orion