U.S.-Philippines to Hold Large Joint Military Drill

The annual Balikatan drill taps the most troops since 2015.

Commanding General of the Philippine Army, Lt. General Romeo Brawner gave a briefing regarding the annual joint military drill with the United States. He said it will involve the largest number of troops since 2015. The “Balikatan” exercises will be held within the next few months and more than 9,000 troops from the military services of the two countries will participate, including the Coast Guard and Special Forces. 

China is growing continually more aggressive toward the Philippines along their shared maritime boundary in the South China Sea. On February 6, the Chinese used a military-grade laser against a Philippine vessel, which China’s foreign ministry insists was legal. Australia, Japan, and the United States have all expressed opposition to China’s actions and offered further support to the Philippines.

As the Lord Leads, Pray with Us…

  • For discernment for the military leaders of the United States and the Philippines as they prepare for the large joint exercise.
  • For the president and defense secretary as they assess the threat China poses around the globe.

Sources: Reuters, Department of Defense


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