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Over 8,000 PH, US troops to join Balikatan 2013



MANILA, Philippines – Over 8,000 Philippine and American troops will participate in this year’s Balikatan military exercises, which will be held from April 5 to 17.

In a statement, the Armed Forces of the Philippines said 30 aircraft and three vessels from both US and Philippine militaries are set to be deployed to support the joint exercises.

Of the 30 aircraft, 20 will come from the US military, 14 of which have already arrived in Clark Air Base, Pampanga last Monday while the rest will start to arrive consecutively on Wednesday until April 8. The air assets will be used for joint humanitarian assistance and disaster relief (HA/DR)-focused military training in Central Luzon and will also provide air logistics support and services to the participating troops of both countries.

Meanwhile, the USS Tortuga, the only US Navy ship taking part in the annual military exercise docked in Manila Bay on Tuesday to offload military personnel and equipment for the exercises.

Nine aircraft from the Philippine Air Force will be deployed, while the Philippine Navy will deploy one of its Highlanders and two vessels.

The Balikatan is the 4th humanitarian assistance/disaster response- focused bilateral exercise held every other year since 2008.

Also invited to join are security officials from Australia, Brunei, Japan, Republic of Korea, and Thailand who will unite with high ranking officers from the AFP and US Military in the Multinational Maritime Security Roundtable Discussion in Camp Aguinaldo.

The Balikatan is based on the 1951 Mutual Defense Treaty which is conducted every year to serve as a venue for joint and combined training between the militaries of both countries.

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  • Albert Einstien

    biased si uncle sam NAKASAKLOLO agad sya sa SK…..wala pa naman
    banatan….samantalang sa RP…INAGAW na ng CHINA ang TERITORYO natin sa
    SPRATLY at PANATAG… no comment pa rin..ni AYAW kumibo akala mo
    PIPI…ganyan din ginawa ni UNCLE SAM sa issue natin sa SABAH..binomba
    at inihaw na ng MALAYSA ang mga citizens natin..NO COMMENT pa rin
    sila..para walang nakita..parang BULAG….NGAYON nagdeclara ng guerra
    ang NK sa kanila gusto na naman tayong IDAMAY…yung mga NINUNO natin
    ISINABIT na nila sa mga GUERRA nila dati pero ayon nagmamaka-AWA ang mga
    veterans na nakaligtas pero parang BULAG , PIPI at BINGI pa rin…

    yang BALIKATAN EXERCISE POSTPONE muna yan next year…MADADAMAY tayo
    sa NUCLEAR TARGET ng NK …pag yung mga WARSHIPS ng US ay nandito sa
    sila….pwede sila bumalik at maglaro sa atin pag wala na NUCLEAR THREAT
    ang NK sa kanila..mauna pa tayong tatamaan kesa sa guam. hawaii at
    mainland US…pag nandito sila….. : > )

    support sa claims natin sa sabah , spratly & panatag ang USA
    DAPAT …in WRITING para hindi nila basta basta -IDE-DENY…at pwede
    nating ipakita sa congreso nila… : > )..

    DFA & NOYNOYING READ between the LINES… : > )

    • Crazy_horse101010

      what the hell is a nuclear magnet what does it do you let it loose and it flies through the air and attaches itself to metal. guess you wouldnt need missiles just throw it up in the air

      • pfc_kulapu

        KABAYONG SIRA, diba caucasian race ka. o baka cashcashyan race ka..

      • BIGButo

        stupid raciest fool shame on you!

      • Crazy_horse101010

        to stupid even to comment on

      • Mamang Pulis

        nuclear magnet ng nokor? malayo mangyari yan—hindi nila pag aaksayahan ng oras yun malayo at hindi naman accurate pa ang guidance system nila–

      • http://www.facebook.com/frank.kinstien.1 Frank Kinstien

        tanga…mag research ka muna…para malaman mo kung aabot at accurate ang missile guidance nila…at mag kautak naman yang utak mo…di gaya ng lumang mong post.

        “ayos na naman ang buto buto ng mga concessionaire sa clark….very good.

        puno na naman ang Fort Mag, mabenta na naman ang pork at chicken adobong pack lunch ni manang asawa ni Master sa karinderya..”

        para mag kapera karin padala mo asawa mo doon sa clark…ikaw ang mahina ang pick up…..

        mga comment mo walang kwenta….para kang babae na dalawa ang bunganga…

      • Mamang Pulis

        :)) research para saan? naabot dito yun mga yan?

        weno naman kung umabot? may pagtataguan ka ba? ho ho ho..

        ah sayang naman ang karinderya nun asawa ni master sa fort mag–sarap pa naman ng adobo nila…kung aabot nga doon

        sino mas tanga sa atin? yun naiistorbo sa ‘rocket’ ni tabachoy o yun nag eenjoy sa luto ng asawa ni master sa fort mag?

      • http://www.facebook.com/frank.kinstien.1 Frank Kinstien

        wag muna itanong alam naman natin kung sino ang tanga e di ikaw…at walang ka nonsense na comment mo..mag research ka para malaman mo na umabot na pala sa tumbong mo ang rocket ng norkor……pag tataguan??? sa tumbong ng asawa mo kaw magtago…kac utak mo walang laman…ungag.

      • Mamang Pulis

        ay ganoon po ba–at least si MP–may asawa na hot babes–ikaw ata wala kya bakit tila ata pumutok na ang ugat mo sa leeg?

        sobra ka sa adobong baboy —baka 100/140 na ang bp mo…

        subukan mo pag jajakol o mag patigas titi sa bakla–baka sakali mahimas masan ka—:))

    • Mamang Pulis

      malabo yan nuclear mo genius….

      • Albert Einstien

        sana nga malabo dre..pero basahin moto…

        NEWS 2012-12-12 : US & SK acknowledge NK successful rocket launch..

        The Ministry of National Defense (SK ) has acknowledged North Korea’s
        successful rocket launch, with a spokesperson telling reporters this
        afternoon, “We believe the first, second and third stages all separated
        normally and the payload entered orbit.”

        The spokesperson, Kim Min Seok, went on, “The South
        Korean and U.S. military authorities agree that the load in the top stage of the
        North Korean long-range rocket entered orbit.

        Goss: North Korea’s nuclear capability grows

        CIA director also cites chemical, biological weapons programs

        Thursday, February 17, 2005 Posted: 0658 GMT (1458 HKT)

        WASHINGTON (CNN) — North Korea’s nuclear weapons
        arsenal has grown since the country was labeled part of an “axis of evil” by
        President Bush three years ago, CIA Director Porter Goss testified Wednesday before the Senate Select Intelligence Committee.

        “Our assessment is they have a greater capability than that assessment,” Goss said, referring to a January 2002 CIA assessment of North Korea’s nuclear program, which stated the communist state had produced enough plutonium for one or two nuclear weapons.

        2002 report pa yan 2013 na ngayon…kaya nerbyos boung mundo…kaya nila ABUTIN with nuclear war heads ang ano mang bansa sa mundo..umabot na rocket nila sa orbit…..HINDI maangas ang NK laban sa US kung wala silang capability dahil magaling din sa intel ang US… : > )

        tayo pa kayang nasa south china sea lang na me US WARSHIPS at SUBMARINES na nk TAMBAY …DAMAY tayo…di naman natin INA-AWAY ang NK….ilang dipa lang layo natin para sa kanila…: > )

      • Mamang Pulis

        o nga—sana nga maging malabo lalo–baka maging kakulay ko yun highlighter sa harap ko

  • pfc_kulapu


  • pfc_kulapu

    magagalit na naman ang BAYAD MUNA… mag rarally sila sa US Embassy…

  • Mamang Pulis

    ayos na naman ang buto buto ng mga concessionaire sa clark….very good.

    puno na naman ang Fort Mag, mabenta na naman ang pork at chicken adobong pack lunch ni manang asawa ni Master sa karinderya.. ..

    • BIGButo

      are you worried about it dummy

      • Mamang Pulis

        mahina ang pick up mo tanga.

  • kilabot

    lenten season is over.
    lgbts can have all the meat and anus they want;
    it’s orgy time again;
    with hiv/aids for bonus.

  • misuari playboy

    This military exercises only benefits the US for they now know the PH terrains well while PH will forever be dependent on the US to fight their battle.

  • BIGButo

    Here we go again all the crazy leftist are here on the blog. Why don’t you all go get a job and a life fools!

    • Crazy_horse101010

      they have jobs at the chinese embassy and working has paid picketers

  • fache

    Be a respectable country, productive Congress, and civilized society, will only be the way other country, not just the US, will take notice of the Philippines. Too much corruptness and inept government is holding back our progress to go forward.

  • joboni96

    u.s. imperialist recolonizing troops

    noon kinaibigan muna si aguinaldo

    noong maraming imperialist troops na
    sa bayan natin

    tinira na si aguinaldo

    deja vu

    • BIGButo

      stop complaining fool.

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