PH, US Balikatan exercises open with fewer troops

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The annual military exercises between the United States and the Philippines, called “Balikatan [shoulder-to-shoulder],” opened in Quezon City on Monday, but on a smaller scale, amid the government’s declared pivot to China and Russia.

Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana led the opening ceremonies of the 33rd Philippine-US Balikatan military exercises at…

Bule 1aExercise Balikatan 2017, which…

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