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US troops participating in this year’s Balikatan military exercises would be reduced by half because of relief efforts in Japan.

Maj. Enrico Ileto, Armed Forces spokesman for the Balikatan, said they are still determining what exercises would be discontinued.

“Because of the relief efforts in Japan, we will have to make adjustments in the field training exercises,” he said.

Speaking over radio dzBB yesterday, Ileto said civic projects such as the construction of school buildings will proceed as planned.

“The recent developments will not affect the bilateral training on post-conflict recovery and reconstruction, where we are currently constructing five two-room school buildings in Tarlac and Zambales,” he said.

Source: Alexis Romero for The Philippine Star.

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