Heavy machineries and military vehicles are parked at a portion of the Subic Bay International Airport (SBIA) as the Philippines and the United States gear up for the start of the Balikatan exercise 2016.
Balikatan 2016, an interoperability exercise between the Philippines and the US, is major event that highlights the longstanding alliance of the two countries and will be held from April 4 to 15.
The 32nd iteration of the annual US-PH Balikatan exercise (BK 16) will be held in Tarlac, Nueva Ecija, Pampanga, Zambales, Panay, and Palawan.
The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) had said militaries from 11 other countries - Japan, India, South Korea, Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand, and Timor-Leste have been invited to observe this year’s Balikatan exercises. (Jonas Reyes, Manila Bulletin)
US military vehicles arrived in Subic. (Jonas Reyes)