US troops banned from bars, clubs in Philip­pines

The China Post - - INTERNATIONAL -

The U.S. Pa­cific Com­mand has banned its troops in the Philip­pines from bars and night­clubs, a spokesman said Satur­day, with the trial un­der way of a U.S. Marine ac­cused of mur­der­ing a trans­gen­der Filip­ina he met in a bar.

Thou­sands of Amer­i­can and Filipino sol­diers will on Mon­day kick off 10-day an­nual mil­i­tary ex­er­cises, ac­cord­ing to Cap­tain Alex Lim, a spokesman for the U.S. forces, but there will be strict con­trols on their free time.

“There is a 10 pm cur­few. The re­stric­tions in­clude no bars and clubs,” he told AFP.

He also said that U.S. sol­diers will only be al­lowed to eat meals “in the vicin­ity of their place of dwelling,” for ex­am­ple at their ho­tel.

Lim would not say why the re­stric­tions were im­posed but con­ceded they came af­ter a U.S. ser­vice­man was ar­rested for the mur­der of a trans­gen­der Filip­ina he met in a bar in Oc­to­ber af­ter tak­ing part in mil­i­tary ex­er­cises in the Philip­pines.

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