Friday, May 22, 2015

PRESS STATEMENT On call to probe of economic losses due to PH-US “Balikatan” war games


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PRESS STATEMENT On call to probe of economic losses due to PH-US “Balikatan” war games

CAMP GENERAL EMILIO AGUINALDO, Quezon City— For more than a decade now, we have give civilians the privilege to pass through the Crow Valley military reservation to access their livelihood sources. However, we normally suspend this privilege every time our soldiers are conducting live-fire exercises.

During the recent Balikatan Exercises, the organizers implemented movement restrictions within the military reservation to ensure that nobody among the civilians will be harmed by the live munitions that are used by the training participants.


The Balikatan Exercises are part of our obligations as a signatory of the Mutual Defense Treaty.

The exercise demonstrates cooperation and inter-operability between the Philippines and the United States, consistent with Mutual Defense Treaty and Visiting Forces Agreement.

It is also part of our preparation and training enhancement to improve our readiness for territorial defense and in addressing other national security concerns.

We will fully cooperate with the investigating body that will be tasked to look into this issue.


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