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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.
'Takot sila. Sabi nila haharangin sila. We encourage them to go back,' says Northern Luzon Command chief Lieutenant General Emmanuel Salamat
Major General Emmanuel Salamat assumes as head of the AFP s Northern Luzon Command Nolcom the unit responsible for the country s northernmost territory
The Northern Luzon Command says the 1734 Murillo Map will always remind them that Scarborough Shoal is ours
The movement follows the transfer of Panatag Scarborough Shoal located off Zambales province from the Northern Luzon Command to the Western Command
Maj Gen Felicito Trinidad Jr replaces Lt Gen Gregorio Catapang who is now vice chief of staff of the AFP
Catapang s new post is an administrative position It s different from his former post where he had under his operational command 2 Army infantry divisions one naval base and one air base