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U.S. says display of warship, jets in West PH Sea not for China

Apr 12, 2019 - 6:47 PM

'People can interpret the [warship's] presence as they wish, but the Wasp came here to be part of Balikatan,' says Lieutenant General Eric Smith, US Commanding General of the 3rd Marine Expeditionary Force

PARTNERSHIP. Philippine Balikatan Exercise Director Lt.Gen Gilbert Gapay and US Marine Commanding General Lt.Gen Eric Smith talk to reporters in a press conference. Photo by Sofia Tomacruz/Rappler

PH, U.S. forces play up friendship amid calls for defense treaty review

Apr 12, 2019 - 4:58 PM

'Balikatan is not just a fulfilment of our obligations under the Mutual Defense Treaty, but a commitment to solidify and strengthen the friendship of our nations,' says Defense Undersecretary Cardozo Luna

CLOSING CEREMONY. Balikatan 2019 closes with US Ambassador the Philippines Sung Kim and Philippine National Defense Undersecretary Cardozo Luna, and military officials from both countries. Photo by Naoki Mengua/Rappler

LOOK: World's most advanced stealth aircraft featured in Balikatan 2019

Apr 11, 2019 - 7:21 PM

The F-35B Lightning II Joint Strike Force appears for the first time in the Philippines, onboard the US Navy's USS Wasp during the Balikatan 2019 amphibious exercises in Zambales

ADVANCED AIRCRAFT. F-35B Lightining II jets make their debut in the Balikatan exercises during the amphibious exercise at Naval Education Training Command in Zambales on 11 April 2019. Photo by Lito Boras/Rappler

Balikatan 2019: PH, U.S. forces 'take over' beach in Zambales

Apr 11, 2019 - 5:34 PM

Philippine and US forces bring out battle-ready ships and vehicles as they complete an exercise to take control of a shorefront in the Naval Education Training Center in Zambales

COMBINED EXERCISES. Philippine and US armed forces conduct amphibious exercises in San Antonio, Zambales as part of Balikatan 2019. Photo by Sofia Tomacruz/Rappler

PH, U.S. troops claim victory in Tarlac 'assault mission'

Apr 10, 2019 - 4:19 PM

The Philippine and US armed forces bring out their equipment for an explosion-filled exercise in Crow Valley, Tarlac

ASSAULT. PH and US simulate an attack during their live-fire exercise at the Colonel Ernesto Ravina Air Base in Tarlac. Photo by Rambo Talabong/Rappler

[ANALYSIS] Balikatan: U.S. shifts gears from counterterrorism to great power competition

Apr 08, 2019 - 2:00 PM

Balikatan may yet emerge as the template for multilateral exercises among US and its close allies in the entire Indo-Pacific region

3 Russian warships dock in Manila amid Balikatan

Apr 08, 2019 - 9:27 AM

(UPDATED) The Philippines welcomes the Russian Navy's 2nd goodwill visit in 2019 amid its ongoing Balikatan joint military exercises with the United States

PORT CALL. Russian ships dock in Manila, kicking off a 5-day goodwill visit to the Philippines. Photo by Rambo Talabong/Rappler

DND, AFP renew call for defense treaty review in Balikatan 2019

Apr 01, 2019 - 3:11 PM

'Remember the treaty was made in 1951, and several things have already transpired,' says Armed Forces of the Philippines chief General Benjamin Madrigal Jr

CLARITY NEEDED. AFP Chief-of-Staff Benjamin Madrigal speaks at the Balikatan 2019 opening ceremony in Camp Aguinaldo on April 1. Photo by Rambo Talabong/Rappler

Balikatan vs China? Drills not aimed at any country, says U.S.

Apr 01, 2019 - 1:30 PM

US Balikatan Exercise Director Chris McPhillips says the purpose of the exercises is to develop cooperation among Filipino, American, and Australian soldiers

FOR THE SOLDIERS. Brigadier General Chris McPhillips speaks to reporters in Philippine military headquarters Camp Aguinaldo. Photo by Rambo Talabong/Rappler

PH, U.S. armed forces open Balikatan 2019

Apr 01, 2019 - 10:49 AM

Balikatan 2019 marks one of the biggest in the project's history, involving 4,000 Filipino, 3,500 American, and 50 Australian soldiers

OPENING. Balikatan 2019 opens with US Ambassador to the Philippines Sung Kim. Photo by Rambo Talabong/Rappler

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May 23, 2018 - 6:58 PM

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PNP urges U.S. to include Filipino cops in Balikatan exercises

May 23, 2018 - 2:40 PM

The proposal is in line with the Philippine National Police's modernization, which the government sees for the most part as militarization

BALIKATAN 2018. Philippine and US navies hold an amphibious landing exercise in San Antonio, Zambales at a base facing South China Sea. Photo by Adrian Portugal/Rappler

PH-U.S. relations shine as China concerns sidelined in Balikatan 2018

May 18, 2018 - 11:19 AM

(UPDATED) The Philippines and the United States want to focus on their preparation for threats beyond China in Balikatan 2018

Philippines and US soldiers closed the Balikatan Flag to formaly closed the Armed Forces of the Philippines-United States Armed Forces Exercise Balikatan 34-2018 Closing Ceremony at Camp Aguinaldo on May 18, 2018. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Aussie spy plane flies over Nueva Ecija, simulates role in Marawi

May 17, 2018 - 10:40 PM

Over 100 Australian Defense Forces are now in the Philippines to participate in two separate exercises in urban fighting, simulating its role during the siege of Marawi last year, where ADF provided real time intelligence and training

AUSTRALIA. The Australian Defense Force has 60 personnel participating in Exercise Balikatan 2018

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May 13, 2018 - 11:41 AM

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May 10, 2018 - 10:42 AM

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Balikatan 2018: PH, U.S. hold drill amid China militarization of South China Sea

May 09, 2018 - 12:51 PM

The amphibious landing exercise is held in a naval base in San Antonio, Zambales, which faces the South China Sea and is over 200 kilometers from Scarborough Shoal

BALIKATAN 2018. Philippine and US navies hold an amphibious landing exercise in San Antonio, Zambales at a base facing South China Sea. Photo by Adrian Portugal/Rappler

Creeping ban on media coverage of PH-U.S. Balikatan drills

May 07, 2018 - 8:50 PM

How will President Rodrigo Duterte's pivot to China change the long-standing alliance between the Philippine and US militaries? It's an important geopolitical issue that impacts the security landscape.

WAR GAMES: US soldiers and their Filipino counterparts join force in an Amphibous Landing operation as part of the annual Balikatan Exercises at the Naval Education and Training Command (NETC) of the Philippine Navy in San Antonio, Zambales province on Tuesday, April 21. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

WATCH: #Balikatan2018 speeches celebrate PH-US ties

May 07, 2018 - 8:27 PM

The Balikatan 2018 exercises involves up to 8,000 forces from the Armed Forces of the Philippines, US Pacific Command, Australian Defense Force, and the Japan Self-Defense Forces

BALIKATAN 2018. Philippine and US militaries formally open the second Balikatan exercises under President Rodrigo Duterte

PH-U.S. Balikatan drills open amid concerns over China missiles

May 07, 2018 - 10:34 AM

(3rd UPDATE) The annual war games between the two treaty allies continue on its second year under President Rodrigo Duterte

SHOULDER TO SHOULDER. The PH-US Balikatan 2018 military exercises open. About 8,000 troops from treaty allies Philippines and US, along with allis Australia and Japan, are participating. Photo by Carmela Fonbuena/Rappler

Scarborough, Benham Rise general leads US-PH Balikatan 2018

Apr 30, 2018 - 9:23 AM

It's the second Balikatan under President Rodrigo Duterte, who at the start of his term threatened to end the military exercises. Ties between the Philippines and US have since improved.

U.S. forces arrive in PH for Balikatan military exercises

Apr 19, 2018 - 5:50 PM

The annual activity, to be held for the 34th time, is meant to enhance cooperation between the US and Philippine militaries

DISASTER RESPONSE. This file photo from the 2017 Balikatan exercises shows new focus on humanitarian assistance and disaster response. File photo

Change is wanting: Dutertenomics and foreign policy

Jul 10, 2017 - 10:30 AM

Despite positive efforts the President has also tried but failed to recalibrate our dependent neocolonial relations with the US and appears intent on merely replicating the same with China and Russia

Duterte: No denying it, PH soldiers are pro-U.S.

Jun 12, 2017 - 12:30 PM

The President before thanking the United States for aid in Marawi City says he can t ignore the rapport between Filipino and American soldiers

Q and A: U.S. general on the continuing relevance of Balikatan

May 20, 2017 - 8:30 AM

US Joint Task Force commander Brigadier General John Jansen says the level of sophistication in the shared understanding of doctrine and war fighting necessitates that the Philippine and US militaries up their cooperation game

Brigadier General John Jansen

The week in photos: May 13-19, 2017

May 20, 2017 - 7:42 AM

This week s selection of photo highlights here and around the world

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WATCH: Balikatan 2017 comes to an end

May 19, 2017 - 5:11 PM

The Balikatan exercises almost didn t happen after President Duterte threatened to cancel it but he was convinced to allow it

PH defense officials turn to fables in Balikatan closing

May 19, 2017 - 2:27 PM

Can two long time allies and another friendly force beat two seemingly allied superpowers?

BALIKATAN CLOSING. Top American and Philippine officials, including the US Ambassador and the Philippine defense chief, pose at the Balikatan Closing Ceremony. Photo by Lito Boras/Rappler

At Balikatan, Fil-Am Navy man fills communication gap

May 16, 2017 - 4:50 PM

Balikatan 2017 is also Hospital Corpsman Patrick Intal s first homecoming

TEACHER. HM3 Patrick Intal shows Casiguran children how to use a stethoscope. Photo by Jeff Digma/Rappler

IN PHOTOS: How PH, U.S. troops will respond to next big disaster

May 16, 2017 - 9:21 AM

In disaster prone Casiguran Filipino and American troops show how they ll work together to respond to the next big storm

DISASTER DRILLS. US troops arrive in Casiguran during a disaster response exercise in the disaster-prone town. Photo by Jeff Digma/Rappler

No bells and whistles as Philippines, U.S. hold Balikatan

May 15, 2017 - 10:40 PM

Despite the Duterte administration s shift in foreign policy officials deny the military exercises with the United States were downsized

BALIKATAN. Philippine Marines alight from a landing craft utility boat onto the shores of Casiguran, Aurora. Photo by Bea Cupin/Rappler

U.S. brings Osprey, Black Hawk choppers to Aurora

May 15, 2017 - 9:33 AM

Balikatan 2017 simulates how the Philippine and US militaries will jointly respond to the aftermath of a super typhoon in the Philippines

US OSPREY. Philippine and US troops are simulating how they will respond will a supertyphoon hits the Philippines. All photos by Bea Cupin/Rappler

Balikatan brings school buildings, hope to remote Leyte villages

May 09, 2017 - 3:13 PM

Barangays Margen and Don Carlos Revilla in Ormoc City are the latest recipients of new classrooms built under this year s PH US military exercises

NEW CLASSROOMS. US soldiers build classrooms in a remote village in Ormoc City, Leyte, as part of the 2017 Balikatan Humanitarian Program. Photo by Jazmin Bonifacio

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May 08, 2017 - 8:42 PM

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Australia, Japan participate in Balikatan exercises

May 08, 2017 - 4:14 PM

Australia is the only other country aside from US that has a visiting forces agreement with the Philippines

MOA ON DEFENSE COOPERATION. Japan sent 20 soldiers to participate in the 2017 Balikatan Exercises. Rappler photo

WATCH: Speeches at U.S.-PH Balikatan 2017 opening ceremony

May 08, 2017 - 4:13 PM

The focus of the exercises shifts to humanitarian assistance and disaster response and fighting terrorism a deviation from previous focus on maritime security and territorial defense

U.S. says Balikatan a 'most important exercise'

May 08, 2017 - 1:37 PM

We are honored to participate in this most important exercise with this great ally of nearly 70 years the Philippines says US Marines Lieutenant General Lawrence Nicholson during the opening ceremony for Balikatan 2017

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May 08, 2017 - 1:32 PM

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1st PH-US Balikatan exercises under Duterte open

May 08, 2017 - 7:43 AM

UPDATED The annual activity adjusts to President Rodrigo Duterte s orders: Balikatan 2017 exercises will not focus on external defense or maritime security

BALIKATAN CONTINUES. Philippine and US officials link arms at the opening ceremony of Balikatan Exercises 2017. Photo by Jeff Digma/Rappler

LOOK: PH, US soldiers build classrooms in Guiuan

May 02, 2017 - 1:28 PM

The school building which doubles as an evacuation center is among the community infrastructure projects being undertaken by Philippine and US soldiers in line with the 33rd Balikatan

Photo by Jazmin Bonifacio

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Apr 24, 2017 - 7:00 PM

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U.S. troops arrive for first Balikatan exercises under Duterte

Apr 24, 2017 - 3:22 PM

The first Balikatan exercises under Duterte will focus on humanitarian assistance and disaster response and counter terrorism

WAR GAMES. US soldiers and their Filipino counterparts join force in an Amphibous Landing operation as part of the annual Balikatan Exercises at the Naval Education and Training Command (NETC) of the Philippine Navy in San Antonio, Zambales province on April 21. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

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Apr 17, 2017 - 7:49 PM

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U.S. Navy destroyer makes port call in Subic

Apr 01, 2017 - 9:49 AM

The brief port call highlights the strong community and military connections between the Philippines and the United States the US embassy says

PORT CALL. The USS Fitzgerald returns to the Philippines for a brief port call. Released photo

PH, U.S. set to hold 1st Balikatan war games under Duterte

Mar 30, 2017 - 6:03 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte previously threatened to scrap the annual joint military exercises with the Philippines oldest treaty ally

FIREPOWER. An M142 High Mobility Artillery Rocket System (HIMARS) of the US marines is fired during a live fire exercise as part of 'Balikatan' joint US-Philippine military exercise at Crow Valley, in Capas town, north of Manila on April 14, 2016. Ted Aljibe/AFP

PH, U.S. militaries assure each other of 'continued robust relations'

Nov 22, 2016 - 2:45 PM

The MDB SEB meeting is convened for the first time after the electoral victories of Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte and US President elect Donald Trump both with issues against the other country

ENDURING ALLIANCE. Armed Forces of the Philippines chief General Ricardo Visaya and US Pacific Command chief Admiral Harry Harris Jr assured each other of continued relations. Photo by Carmela Fonbuena/Rappler

PH, US military chiefs meet to set new direction of war games

Nov 22, 2016 - 8:23 AM

The Philippines will push to reduce training exercises with the country s treaty ally particularly the naval drills in the West Philippine Sea South China Sea

NO MORE WEST PH SEA WAR GAMES. This file photo shows US soldiers and their Filipino counterparts joining forces in an Amphibous Landing operation as part of the 2015 Balikatan Exercises at the Naval Education and Training Command (NETC) of the Philippine Navy in San Antonio, Zambales province. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Makabayan bloc to Duterte: End EDCA, military drills with US

Nov 10, 2016 - 7:16 PM

Ang hamon sa kanya is really walk the talk says Kabataan Representative Sarah Elago on President Rodrigo Duterte s pursuit of an independent foreign policy

WAR GAMES. US soldiers and their Filipino counterparts join force in an Amphibous Landing operation as part of the annual Balikatan Exercises at the Naval Education and Training Command (NETC) of the Philippine Navy in San Antonio, Zambales province on April 21. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

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Oct 13, 2016 - 12:45 PM

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Duterte: 'Don't prepare for war games next year'

Oct 13, 2016 - 12:31 AM

I insist that we realign There will be no more exercises next year says President Rodrigo Duterte

INDEPENDENT FOREIGN POLICY. President Rodrigo Duterte says he will chart an independent foreign policy even as he maintains ties with treaty allies. File photo