3,000 Marines in Japan to skip Philippine drills

About 3,000 US Marines will not be able to join annual war exercises in the Philippines starting this week because they have to help in the relief work in quake- and tsunami-devastated Japan.

Updated: Apr 03, 2011, 16:35 PM IST

Manila: About 3,000 US Marines will not be able to join annual war exercises in the Philippines starting this week because they have to help in the relief work in quake- and tsunami-devastated Japan.

Philippine military spokesman Maj. Enrico Ileto said Sunday that civic missions such as school construction during the April 5-15 Balikatan exercises will proceed as planned, but some field maneuvers would be scaled back due to the US relief activities in northeastern Japan.

US Embassy spokeswoman Wossenyelesh Mazengia says about 3,000 Marines who were supposed to join the Philippine maneuvers have remained in Japan to help out.
About 6,000 Americans, along with 2,000 Filipino troops, were originally slated to join the Philippine exercises.

Bureau Report