Philip­pines curbs drills with United States forces

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Philip­pine de­fence of­fi­cials said Pres­i­dent Ro­drigo Duterte has ap­proved the con­tin­u­a­tion of joint mil­i­tary ex­er­cises with US forces, but the num­ber of drills will be re­duced and will ex­clude mock as­saults. De­fence Sec­re­tary Delfin Loren­zana said yes­ter­day that Duterte also al­lowed the gov­ern­ment to pro­ceed with a 2014 agree­ment with Wash­ing­ton per­mit­ting US forces to be sta­tioned tem­po­rar­ily at five des­ig­nated Philip­pine mil­i­tary camps, along with their war­ships and planes. Duterte had pre­vi­ously threat­ened to end mil­i­tary ex­er­cises with the US. Loren­zana said he and other se­cu­rity of­fi­cials ex­plained to the pres­i­dent at a Cabi­net meet­ing on Mon­day how the Philip­pines ben­e­fits from the an­nual ma­noeu­vres. De­fence De­part­ment pub­lic af­fairs chief Arse­nio An­do­long said the changes will be dis­cussed with US mil­i­tary of­fi­cials at a Novem­ber 22 meet­ing.

BRIEFED: Ro­drigo Duterte

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