Balikatan 2015 - updates

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Balikatan means teaching US troops how to drink cobra blood

Apr 25, 2015 - 4:30 PM

Philippine soldiers teach their American counterparts how to survive in a Philippine jungle

MAKING FIRE. US troops try to start a fire using bamboo sticks. U.S. Army photo by Pfc. Samantha Van Winkle/Released

Biggest US, PH war games a display of what 'bullies' may face

Apr 22, 2015 - 4:58 PM

Balikatan 2015 kicks off in the backdrop of growing fears over China s reclamation in the South China Sea and the Supreme Court s delay in deciding the constitutionality of EDCA

War games show how US defends PH island from invaders

Apr 22, 2015 - 4:10 PM

Working together the American and Filipino Marines encircle the Calabayan forces and defeat them to take back Luzon island from the invaders

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

Smartmatic contract, SC justices inhibit, Pacquiao’s tactics | The wRap

Apr 22, 2015 - 3:20 PM

The Supreme Court nullifies the Smartmatic contract Three SC justices inhibit in Junjun Binay’s case Two factors that will be key to Pacquiao’s victory

Philippines 'cute little submissive' of US – Chinese media

Apr 21, 2015 - 2:40 PM

Global Times tabloid: After being the cute little submissive of the US all these years Manila has gained only a handful of second hand weapons and an empty sense of security let alone any real enhancement of its army s combat capability

2015 WAR GAMES. US Army Captain James Hahn from California (R) supervises Filipino soldiers during a mock 'assault' scenario as part of the US-Philippines joint military live fire exercises at Fort Magsaysay army training camp in Palayan City, Nueva Ecija, North of Manila, Philippines, May 10, 2014. File photo by Dennis M. Sabangan/EPA

Balikatan 2015, Binay and Jokowi, Mayweather gameplan | The wRap

Apr 20, 2015 - 8:01 PM

The Philippines and US war games begin Binay wants to meet Jokowi to save Mary Jane Mayweather’s plans to counter Pacquiao’s left hand

US to PH: War games 'sharpening the sword and the bolo' vs bullies

Apr 20, 2015 - 8:00 PM

We are honing our lethal military skills to allow us to assist each other as well as other nations should the need arise says Brigadier General CJ Mahoney of the US Marine Corps Forces in the Pacific

Gentle push for EDCA as US war games begin

Apr 20, 2015 - 3:10 PM

Defense Secretary Gazmin and Acting Foreign Affairs Secretary Garcia highlight how EDCA will boost the Philippine military s capability to respond to threats in the South China Sea

Military troops from the Philippines and United States hold up their respective national flags during opening rites of the Philippines-US Exercise Balikatan in Quezon City on April 20 2015. The Philippines and the United States on 20 April 2015 began one of their largest joint military training exercises in years amid increasing tensions with China over its reclamation activities in the disputed South China Sea. A total of 6,656 American soldiers, 76 aircraft and three ships from the US are participating in the Balikatan (shoulder-to-shoulder) exercises aimed at boosting operational coordination with their Filipino counterparts. Photo by Ritchie Tongo/EPA