Philippines hold first joint drills with US under Duterte's presidency
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Some 1,400 US soldiers based in Okinawa, and 500 Philippine Armed Forces personnel performed amphibious landing drills as part of the 33rd Philippines Amphibious Landing Exercises (PHIBLEX33), at the Naval Education and Training Command, Naval Station Leovigildo Gantiouqui in San Antonio, the Philippines on Friday. The drills also included humanitarian civil assistance exercises and live-fire training. The drills were the first military exercises between the two nations under President Rodrigo Duterte’s administration.