US Defense Sec. Carter arrives in Manila for war games

US Defense Secretary Ashton Carter

US Defense Secretary Ashton Carter

UNITED States Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter is in Manila to personally observe the US-Philippine joint military exercises called Balikatan (Shoulder-to-Shoulder).

Carter and his entourage arrived on board a US Air Force Boeing B747-200 and disembarked at the Ages Aviation Center, Inc. at 6:20 p.m., a private hangar inside the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) complex in Pasay City.

He was met by the country’s Department of National Defense Undersecretary Jesus Milan; US Ambassador to the Philippines Philip Goldberg; Lt. Gen. John Toolan, US Marine Corps Forces, Pacific’s commanding general; Col. Ernest Lee, chief of Jusmag-Philippines; and another ranking US military official.

Carter will stay in the country toward the end of the two-week Balikatan 2016, which opened on April 4.

About 5,000 American and 3,500 Filipino troops have participated in this year’s joint war games being held in Subic, a coastal town northeast of Manila that used to house a US naval base. BENJIE VERGARA




Please follow our commenting guidelines.

Comments are closed.