A US soldier gives instructions to his counterparts from the Philippines during the 2015 exercises. File photo: Reuters A US soldier gives instructions to his counterparts from the Philippines during the 2015 exercises. File photo: Reuters
A US soldier gives instructions to his counterparts from the Philippines during the 2015 exercises. File photo: Reuters

Philippines, US kick off 'Balikatan' annual joint military exercise, minus live-fire drills

After coming to power in June last year, Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte, angered by US criticism of his bloody anti-drugs campaign, announced that the 2017 exercises would be the last

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A US soldier gives instructions to his counterparts from the Philippines during the 2015 exercises. File photo: Reuters A US soldier gives instructions to his counterparts from the Philippines during the 2015 exercises. File photo: Reuters
A US soldier gives instructions to his counterparts from the Philippines during the 2015 exercises. File photo: Reuters
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