Military drills set amid talks on more US troops in PH

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MANILA, Philippines – About 2,300 members of the Philippine and US military will hold joint military drills later this month amid talks of increased rotational presence of US forces here and continuing tensions between Manila and Beijing over the West Philippine Sea (South China Sea).

Part of the bilateral exercises include staff planning exercise to increase the capability to conduct bilateral maritime security and territorial defense operations, field training exercises and humanitarian and civic assistance projects.

The three-week joint exercises hosted by the Philippine Marine Corps will start September 18 in several Philippine military camps including the Naval Education and Training Command in San Antonio, Zambales; Crow Valley in Capas, Tarlac; Marine Base Gregorio Lim in Ternate, Cavite; Marine Barracks Rudiardo Brown in Metro Manila; and at the Basa Airbase and Clark Field in Pampanga.

The 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit and 3rd Marine Expeditionary Brigade from the United States Marine Corps will be paired with Philippine Navy, Air Force and Army units in the annual Amphibious Landing Exercises 2014 dubbed as Phiblex 2014.

“Phiblex 14 is designed to improve interoperability, increase readiness and enhance the ability to respond to natural disasters or other regional contingencies,” said First Lieutenant Vince Edward Salmingo, Public Affairs Officer of Phiblex 2014 in a statement.

At the same time, Phiblex will also enhance local infrastructure and quality of life and build upon vibrant professional and personal relationships between Philippine and US Marines, Salmingo said.

The staff planning exercise aims to increase the capability to conduct bilateral maritime security and territorial defense operations.

The field training exercises, meanwhile, will provide the Philippine and US troops an opportunity to maintain their unit skill sets while sharing best practices and enhancing an already high level of interoperability.

Additionally, Philippine and US forces will carry out a series of humanitarian and civic assistance projects that will include engineering civic action projects, to improve local infrastructure, and cooperative health engagements, to share medical best practices, promote civil military relations with the community while advancing humanitarian interests and meet the medical needs of Filipino citizens.

Humanitarian and civic assistance projects will be held in some villages in Legazpi City, Albay, Salmingo said.

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  • User Guest

    puro gyera at patayan ang alam ng mga pakialamerong kano; pati syria nanggugulo sila

    • I’mAmerican

      Ang China ano naman?

      • koolkid_inthehouse

        communist China supplied the deadly gas

    • kulkat8

      Isa ka ngang pulgas nag mga Intsik na nabubuhay sa pagsipsip ng dugo nila.

    • askal2u

      gonggong na tuta ng mga dilaw na unggoy na mga intsik, pero bigyan mo to ng tsansa sa US visa tiyak pipila ggong ito para lang mapunta ng US

  • I’mAmerican

    More exercises and equipment from US please. Tingnan natin kung papalag pa ang China!

    • disqus_ZrxaGjUzMQ

      GOOD NEWS:

      USA Troops and USA Equipment headed soon in Pag Asa Island Spratly Islands
      USA Building Go Go USA Philippine will soon have more USA Equipment to fight off Communist chinese Bu l l y ing G r e e d

  • opinyonlangpo

    The Americans are coming. Expect more rallies from the pro communist parties.

  • jun2012

    God Bless America and the Philippines.

  • disqus_ZrxaGjUzMQ

    PHILIPPINE NEED TERRITORIAL DEFENSE — not TOO MANY HUMANATARIAN EXERCISES

  • disqus_ZrxaGjUzMQ

    TRIPLE URGENT: GOOD NEWS:

    USA Troops and USA Equipment headed soon in Pag Asa Island Spratly Islands
    USA Building Go Go USA Philippine will soon have more USA Equipment to fight off Communist chinese Bu l l y ing G r e e d

  • joboni96

    sige mag rally pa kayo sa sept 11 kay intsik switik jeny lim
    habang nandito na u.s. bases recolonization

    sa u.s. embassy dapat kayo mag rally
    para tutulan ang u.s. imperialist recolonization

    3 years after naka upo si collaborator gasmin
    wala pa tayong fighters, missile corvettes, at missile batteries

    inuuna pa bumili ng mga cargo ships
    sa daming binebentang missile corvettes sa europe

    pinapahamak na naman tayo ng mga collaborators na ito
    sa gerrang imperyalistang u.s. kontra sa hegemonistang intsik switik

    STAND UP SOVEREIGN AND INDEPENDENT
    PRO PILIPINO DEFENSE

    • koolkid_inthehouse

      Welcome USA forces. More military exercises.

    • crazy_horse_101010

      maybe they will hunt you down and use you for target practice the cia is watching you and coming for you byebyebye birdie

    • askal2u

      olol, magpakita ka as isalvage kita kasama ng mga tulisan komunista mong kabaro na mga duwag naman.

  • koolkid_inthehouse

    Yes to more US/PH military exercises.

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