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Monday, May 5, 2014, 12:56
US, Filipino troops begin extensive military drill
By Associated Press

 US, Filipino troops begin extensive military drill
(From left) US Colonel John Rutherford, officer in charge of Balikatan 2014 joint exercises support group, Philippine Secretary of National Defense Voltaire Gazmin, Philippine Secretary of Foreign Affairs Albert del Rosario, US ambassador the Philippines Philip Goldberg, Philippine military chief of staff, General Emmanuel Bautista and Philippines' Major General Emeraldo Magnaye join hands during the opening ceremony of the Philippine-US annual joint military exercises at the military headquarters in Manila on May 5, 2014. (Photo / AFP)

MANILA - More than 5,000 US and Filipino troops have begun two weeks of military exercises to prepare for jointly dealing with any potential crisis in the Philippines, which is prone to natural disasters.

US and Philippine military officials said Monday at an opening ceremony that 3,000 Filipino soldiers and 2,500 American military personnel would take part in the annual "Balikatan,'' or shoulder to shoulder, exercises. They said the maneuvers would focus on maritime security and disaster response, and will include live-fire and maritime surveillance exercises.

The Philippines has turned to the US to modernize its ill-equipped military.

   

 
 
 
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