By: Elena Grace Flores
Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte clarifies that he did not intend to stop U.S. – PH military exercises. This is very important for China War defenses if ever. So, from now on Balikatan and other joint military efforts continue.
[VIDEO]: President Rodrigo Duterte clarifies that he did not intend to stop the joint military exercises in the West Philippine Sea for the country’s defense over China.
China not happy with the US – PH efforts
The U.S. embassy, in a statement on Saturday, said the AFP has invited the U.S. Marines and Sailors from the 3rd Marine Expeditionary Brigade and Bonhomme Richard Expeditionary Strike Group to participate in the 33rd iteration of the Philippines Amphibious Landing Exercise (PHIBLEX33). This is contrary to what we normally hear from the President’s mouth in the past.
Mutual Benefit – Not just for China War
“The opportunity to train and build mutually beneficial capabilities with our Armed Forces of the Philippines partners is essential for sharpening our bilateral amphibious and humanitarian assistance capabilities, both hallmarks of the U.S. Marine Corps” said Brig. Gen. John M. Jansen, Commanding General, 3d Marine Expeditionary Brigade. This is mutual benefit with or without China War.
Words from the US Embassy
According to the U.S. embassy, the humanitarian and civic assistance portion of the exercise includes engineering projects to improve local infrastructure and health engagements to exchange medical best practices. While field training during the exercise includes small arms and artillery live-fire.