US Marines take security positions around an amphibious assault vehicle during a joint military amphibious landing exercise with Philippine and Japanese counterparts in Cavite province, Philippines. Photo: EPA-EFE
Lucio Blanco Pitlo III
Opinion

Opinion

Lucio Blanco Pitlo III

Why the Philippine-US Kamandag war games are a balancing act for Duterte

  • Over 2,400 troops from the Philippines, US and Japan are currently taking part in an annual military exercise
  • But after his recent visits to China and Russia, Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte must balance commitments to the country’s traditional ally without upsetting new partners

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US Marines take security positions around an amphibious assault vehicle during a joint military amphibious landing exercise with Philippine and Japanese counterparts in Cavite province, Philippines. Photo: EPA-EFE
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