DND says joint PH-U.S. military trainings to continue

DND says joint PH-U.S. military trainings to continue

Department of National Defense (DND) Secretary Delfin Lorenzana in a statement said President Rodrigo Duterte has allowed joint military trainings between the Philippines and the United States to continue.

Lorenzana said Duterte has approved DND’s recommendations that include the refocusing of bilateral activities on command post exercises, tabletop exercises, staff exercises and simulation exercises and trainings; maintaining bilateral humanitarian and disaster response and counter-terrorism exercises; and focusing on non-traditional security concerns such as counter-narcotics and transnational crimes. Lorenzana also confirmed that the President has given the go-signal for the implementation of the Enhanced Defense Cooperation Agreement (EDCA) between the Philippines and the U.S.