Philippine soldiers patrol Marawi city (Photo: AFP/VNA)


Hanoi (VNA) –
The Philippine military said on September 28 that its joint defence and security activities with US forces, including annual combat exercises, will increase next year.

The Philippine military’s spokesman Colonel Noel Detoyato said top US and Philippine military officials have agreed to increase the number of joint security activities next year in the fields of counterterrorism, maritime security and humanitarian aid to 281.

On September 27, the Philippine military chief Gen. Carlito Galvez and Adm. Philip Davidson, the US Indo-Pacific commander, chaired an annual meeting of the allied forces at the Philippine military headquarters in Manila.-VNA