5 days ‘No brainer’: COVID-19 pandemic prompts cancellation of PH-US Balikatan drills Inquirer
MANILA, Philippines---The COVID-19 pandemic left the Philippine and US armed forces with no choice but cancel the Balikatan exercises, set in May and seen as a swan song for the demise of the Visiting Forces Agreement (VFA), according to Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana. "It's a no-brainer," Lorenzana told INQUIRER.net. "No more Balikatan because we are not allowing outsiders to come here," he said, referring to American and other foreign troops that are to take part in what has been touted as the biggest Balikatan ever. Joint drills set May 4 to 15 were supposed to be one of the largest ... more