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Japan military joins historic Philippine war games

Oct 06, 2018 - 4:19 PM

The exercise, codenamed Kamandag (Venom), marks the first time Japanese armored military vehicles were used on foreign soil since the country adopted a pacifist constitution after its 1945 defeat

WAR GAMES. US Marine Brig. Gen. Chris McPhillips watches as members of the Japan Ground Self-Defense Force (JGSDF) board the USS Ashland at Subic Bay, Philippines, October 3. US Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Kevan Dunlop

Russia launches biggest ever war games

Sep 11, 2018 - 12:30 PM

(UPDATED) The week-long deployment dubbed 'Vostok-2018' is condemned by NATO as a rehearsal for 'large-scale conflict'

IN PHOTOS: PH Navy arrives in Hawaii for world's largest naval exercises

Jun 27, 2018 - 10:34 AM

The Exercise Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) includes disaster response, maritime security operations, sea control, and complex warfighting

Photo from naval public affairs office

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Jun 18, 2018 - 10:05 PM

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South Korea conducts war games to defend against Japan

Jun 18, 2018 - 11:00 AM

While an attack from Japan is deemed unlikely, South Korea first staged the drills in 1986 and conducts them twice a year since 2003

PH Navy contingent leaves for Hawaii to join naval war games

Jun 06, 2018 - 4:29 PM

It is the first time the Philippine Navy is participating in Exercise Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC), a multilateral naval exercise to be hosted by the US Navy's Pacific Fleet from June 27 to August 2

OFF TO HAWAII. The Philippine Navy is joining Exercise RIMPAC for the first time. Photo courtesy of the Philippine Navy

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

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IN PHOTOS: PH, Australian troops train in urban warfare

Nov 19, 2017 - 2:08 PM

Fighting terrorism is the main concern among leaders who attended the ASEAN Summit and Related Summits held in Manila

Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

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Nov 14, 2017 - 1:37 PM

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Taiwan war games simulate China invasion

May 25, 2017 - 2:42 PM

The annual drills are Taiwan s biggest military exercise and mocked up a scenario in which Chinese troops launched an amphibious assault

WAR GAMES. Domestically produced RT-2000 rockets are launched during the "Han Kuang" (Han Glory) life-fire drill, some 7 kilometers (4 miles) from the city of Magong on the outlying Penghu islands on May 25, 2017. Photo by Sam Yeh/AFP

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

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

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

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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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, US line up hundreds of joint military activities for 2017

Nov 23, 2016 - 7:33 PM

The huge number of exercises revealed for the first time showcases the degree of cooperation between the two longtime treaty allies

NO MORE LANDING EXERCISES. File photo of US soldiers and their Filipino counterparts joining forces 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. Photo by Ben Nabong/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

Philippines, US elite troops hold war games

Nov 17, 2016 - 12:26 PM

But exercises are limited to follow the orders of President Rodrigo Duterte

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

PH, US war games to continue; EDCA will be implemented

Nov 07, 2016 - 8:31 PM

But 2 other major exercises between the navies in the West Philippine Sea – Phiblex and CARAT– are cancelled

NO DIRECTIVE YET. Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana says the department has not received formal instructions from President Rodrigo Duterte on the proposed revival of the Philippine Constabulary. Photo by Carmela Fonbuena/Rappler

Duterte open to war games with China, Russia

Oct 17, 2016 - 5:33 PM

UPDATED Asked if he would consider joint military exercises with China or Russia Duterte says Yes I will I have given enough time for the Americans to play with the Filipino soldiers

President Rodrigo Duterte delivers a speech to Philippine nationals living in Brunei during his official visit at the Hassanal Bolkiah Indoor Sport Complex in Brunei on October 16, 2016. Photo by Dean K / AFP

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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

Rodrigo Duterte, Leila de Lima, Antonio Carpio | 6PM wRap

Oct 11, 2016 - 10:29 PM

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PH should send patrols to South China Sea – Carpio

Oct 11, 2016 - 5:38 PM

Supreme Court Senior Associate Justice Antonio Carpio is the surprise guest of honor at the closing ceremony of the last war games between the Philippine and US militaries

BOUNDARIES. Antonio Carpio, senior associate justice of the Philippine Supreme Court, addresses Filipino and American marines at the closing ceremony on October 11, 2016, of what President Rodrigo Duterte wants to be the 'last' war games between the longtime allies. Photo by Carmela Fonbuena/Rappler

The 'last' war games in the West PH Sea

Oct 08, 2016 - 8:30 AM

As President Rodrigo Duterte seeks to demilitarize the West Philippine Sea the US highlights the value of these training exercises to joint operations on humanitarian assistance and disaster response

PHIBLEX 2017. Philippine and US marines hold war games in Zambales, a province facing the West Philippine Sea, on October 7, 2016. AFP photo

Duterte's pivot to China won't be easy for Americanized AFP

Sep 30, 2016 - 7:00 PM

Regular war games have synchronized the tactics techniques and procedures of the two militaries allowing the Americans to quickly respond in the aftermath of typhoon Yolanda while other foreign militaries struggled to assist

Defense chief awaits clear Duterte order on PH-US war games

Sep 29, 2016 - 5:54 PM

The Philippine defense establishment says it will also have to sit down with Americans to discuss future plans

Duterte wants 'demilitarization' in West PH Sea – Esperon

Sep 29, 2016 - 8:45 AM

National Security Adviser Hermogenes Esperon Jr says stopping US Philippines war games could increase chances of a peaceful settlement of the West Philippine Sea maritime dispute

'DEMILITARIZATION.' National Security Adviser Hermogenes Esperon Jr speaks to media in Hanoi on September 28, 2016. Photo by Pia Ranada/Rappler

US fighter planes arrive in Philippines for training mission

Jun 16, 2016 - 6:24 PM

The Philippines longtime ally deploys the aircraft to train Filipino pilots as Manila remains locked in an increasingly tense maritime dispute with Beijing

US FIGHTER PLANE. An EA-18G Growler assigned to the Wizards of Electronic Attack Squadron (VAQ) 133 launches while Sailors taxi another EA-18G Growler assigned to VAQ-133 to an adjacent catapult on USS John C. Stennis' (CVN 74) flight deck. Photo from the US Navy

NATO launches massive war games in Poland

Jun 07, 2016 - 10:49 AM

UPDATED The Anaconda exercises involve 31 000 soldiers from 24 states

Polish Army soldiers carry flags of countries taking part in the Anaconda-16 military exercise during the opening ceremony in Rembertow, June 6, 2016. Marek Jezierski/ AFP

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Apr 15, 2016 - 12:00 PM

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Defense chief Gazmin: No ‘formalized’ ISIS organization in PH

Apr 14, 2016 - 9:33 PM

UPDATED In the same press conference US Defense Secretary Ashton Carter cites instances in other countries where extremist groups have sought to rebrand themselves through affiliation with ISIS

JOINT BRIEFING. US Defense Secretary Ashton Carter (left) and Philippine Defense Secretary Voltaire Gazmin field questions at a joint press conference in Malacañang on April 14, 2016. Photo from RTVM Twitter page

US fires long-range missiles in Balikatan war games

Apr 14, 2016 - 3:39 PM

The Balikatan exercises are staged in the shadow of a festering dispute between the poorly equipped US ally and regional giant China over islands reefs and waters in the resource rich South China Sea

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

US forces to gain access to more PH bases – Carter

Apr 13, 2016 - 9:35 PM

US Defense Secretary Ash Carter who is now in Manila says more military bases will be added to the initial 5 agreed upon

US 'working closely' with PH probers on Filipino soldier's death

Apr 08, 2016 - 1:55 PM

The US embassy conveys its condolences to the family of the Filipino airman who died in a tragic accident during the annual PH US joint military exercises

JOINT EXERCISES. Flag bearers from the Philippine and the US await the entrance of colors at the opening ceremonies the annual RP-US Balikatan in Camp Aguinaldo in Quezon City on April 4, 2016. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

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Apr 04, 2016 - 7:35 PM

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PH, US hold war games as China flexes muscles

Apr 02, 2016 - 12:54 PM

The 11 day Balikatan exercises are expected to show how the Philippines though severely outgunned can counter China with the help of the United States its longest standing ally

Photo by Randy Datu/Rappler

Chinese military conducts war games in West PH Sea

Dec 18, 2015 - 10:21 PM

They were split into red and blue teams that practiced deflecting anti ship missile attacks and scenarios that included one of an accidental strike on a third party commercial ship

DAVID VS GOLIATH. File photo of a much smaller Philippine ship arrives at the disputed Ayungin Shoal. Photo by AFP

War it is

Oct 31, 2015 - 10:00 AM

Instead of waiting for America to act or whining at their doble cara my friend suggests the Philippines take the initiative and confront the vastly superior Chinese ships in the disputed shoal

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May 12, 2015 - 9:00 PM

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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