6 months Balikatan 2020 canceled due to COVID-19 Inquirer
CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY ---- The Balikatan exercises scheduled for May 4 to 15 this year has been canceled due to health and safety concerns of the participating forces amid the threat of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19). In a press release, the United States Indo-Pacific Command based in Hawaii said the cancelation followed international travel restrictions imposed by the US Department of Defense as well as the Philippines in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. "In light of the extraordinary circumstances surrounding COVID-19 pandemic and in the best interest of the health and safety of both countries' forces, it is prudent ... more