The United States Senate passed a Resolution on December 10, 2001, thanking the Philippines for its support in the war on terrorism and its sympathy for the victims of the September 11, 2001 terror attacks on the United States. The U.S. House of Representatives concurred in the Resolution.
The Resolution took particular note that after the United States launched Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan on October 7, 2001, President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo immediately announced her government's unwavering support for the operation, calling it "the start of a just offensive".
The Resolution states that the U.S. Congress (1) expresses its deepest gratitude to the government and the people of the Philippines for their sympathy and support since September 11, 2001; (2) expresses its sympathy to the current and recent Filipino victims of terrorism and their families; (3) affirms the commitments of the United States to the Philippines as expressed in the Mutual Defense Treaty, signed at Washington, August 30, 1951; (4) supports the government of the Philippines in its efforts to prevent and suppress terrorism; and (5) acknowledges the economic and military needs of the Philippines and pledges to continue to assist in addressing those needs.
The Resolution was introduces by Senator Jesse Helms (North Carolina) and he was joined by Senators Charles Hagel (Nebraska), Richard Lugar (Indiana) and John Kerry (Massachusetts).