SAN ANTONIO, Zambales- United States and Philippine forces headed to a beach near the South China Sea (West Philippine Sea) this Friday as part of joint military drills including 3,500 troops.
This is the first time that the annual naval exercises were conducted under the administration of President Ferdinand Marcos, who expressed support for the alliance, after the “rocky relations” with his predecessor, Rodrigo Duterte.
Marcos thanked US President Joe Biden at the meeting in New York last month and said he was happy about America’s role “in maintaining the peace in our region”.
The Kaagapay ng Mandirigma ng Dagat or Kamandag (Kamandag) exercises marched this Monday and will be held in the main island of Luzon until October 14.
One of the objectives of the activity is to improve the coastal defense capability of the Philippine military.
About 300 troops are participating in amphibious drills this Friday on a beach in Zambales, about 240 kilometers (150 miles) east of Scarborough Shoal (Panatag Shoal).
“We are preparing for any threat that will be coming sooner or later,” ani Major Emery Torre, tagapagsalita ng Philippine Marine Corps. RNT/SA
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