PH, US to hold joint military drills for mutual defense capability

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jul 15 2019 09:48 PM

MANILA - The Philippines and the United States will hold joint military drills on July 15 to 25 this year, to improve the military cooperation between the two long-time allies.

The US Embassy in Manila said in a statement Monday that the troops from the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) will train with US Marines based in Okinawa, Japan to improve the mutual defense, counter-terrorism, and humanitarian assistance and disaster relief capabilities of both nations.

The semi-annual joint exercises, called Marine Aviation Support Activity (MASA), will focus on building inter-operability and enhancing the capabilities of both the AFP and US Armed Forces, according to the embassy.

The embassy said the exercises "will allow the US to strengthen [their] longstanding security alliance with [their] friends, partners, and allies in the Philippines."

The military drills are in line with the Mutual Defense Treaty and Visiting Forces Agreement by the two countries.