3 months US scraps Balikatan 2020 in the wake of pandemic MB
By Roy Mabasa The United States Indo-Pacific Command (INDOPACOM) on Friday announced the cancellation of the Balikatan 2020 joint military exercise with the Philippines in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. (ALVIN KASIBAN / MANILA BULLETIN FILE PHOTO) “Due to concerns for the health and safety of the participating exercise forces and local populations near the planned exercise areas, U.S. Indo-Pacific Command has canceled Exercise Balikatan 2020 scheduled for May 4-15 in the Republic of the Philippines,” the INDOPACOM said in a statement. It explained that the cancellation of the yearly exercise is also in synch with the international travel ... more