- American and Filipino soldiers have been conducting joint military exercise in Luzon
- The drill called “KAMANDAG” started on October 2 and will run until October 11
- The exercise is focused on enhancing counterterrorism capabilities, humanitarian assistance and disaster relief capabilities of soldiers
The joint military exercise between the American and Filipino soldiers has been going on for almost a week now since it started on October 2.
As seen in photographs from the United States Embassy in Manila, the military exercise, which will run until October 11, includes military movement near shores, live fire demonstration and life-saving training.
According to an article written by Capt. Eric Flanagen, 3rd Marine Expeditionaty Brigade, published in the official website of the United States Marine Corps, the purpose of KAMANDAG, an acronym of Filipino phrase “Kaagapay ng mga Mandirigma ng Dagat,” is to conduct bilateral exchanges between Philippine and U.S. forces.
The focus of the military drill is to enhance counterterrorism capabilities, humanitarian assistance and disaster relief capabilities of soldiers. It is consistent with the Mutual Defense Treaty and Visiting Forces Agreement between the longtime allies.