US Ambassador to the Republic of the Philippines, The Honorable Kristie A. Kenney addresses government officials during a reception at the U S Embassy in Manila, Pilippines. The reception is being held to recognize the arrival of the US Navy (USN) Military Sealift Command (MSC), Hospital Ship, USNS MERCY (T-AH 19) to the Philippine Islands. The MERCY is conducting a five-month humanitarian deployment to South and Southeast Asia, and the Pacific Islands, which include several stops in the South Philippines