U. S. to Hold More War "Games" in the Philippines

October 16, 2005

Over 4,500 U.S. troops and about 700 Philippine soldiers will take part in two weeks of joint military exercises starting on October 16th, on the main northern island of Luzon, and in military camps outside Manila.

These war-games, named "Talon Vision," will involve joint amphibious landings and other operations to "improve the interoperability of the two armed forces...and aim at improving the combat readiness of U.S. and Philippine troops," according to Pentagon officials.

Over the last few years, the U.S. has steadily increased its military presence and direct intervention in the Philippines as part of its so-called "war against terrorism." U.S. and Philippine forces engage in regular "training exercises" and U.S. military advisers take an active role in counter-insurgency operations. Hundreds of U.S. troops have been actively engaged in combat operations in the southern Philippines.

The U.S. military buildup and direct, armed intervention in the Philippines aim both at suppressing the independence movement and popular struggles of the people as well as strengthening the Philippines as a major U.S. military base in Asia.

Such war games are widely opposed by the Filipino people and are seen as an assault on Filipino sovereignty and territorial integrity.