US Philippines to hold joint military training

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Manila,—The U.S. and Philippine militaries are scheduled to hold joint amphibious landing exercises in the Philippines next week amidst recent diplomatic spat between the two treaty allies, a spokesman for the Philippine armed forces said on Thursday. Capt. Ryan Lacuesta of the Philippine Marines said the amphibious landing exercises will open on Oct. 4 at the Philippine Marines headquarters in Fort Bonifacio in the Philippine capital.
The U.S. Embassy in Manila has yet to issue an official statement on the scheduled landing exercises next week. U.S. President Barack Obama has called off a bilateral meeting with Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte on the sidelines of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) meetings in Laos early this month, following Duterte’s tirade against Obama after the latter criticized Duterte’s violent war against drugs in the Philippines.—Xinhua