balikatan exercises

Biggest Balikatan under Marcos Jr government: Most troops, most countries

April 24, 2024

The Balikatan military exercises with the United States (US) under the Marcos Jr administration are the biggest ever with the number of US troops growing from a few hundred in the 1990s to as much as 12,000 last year. The growing show of US military force is the US signalling its readiness to go to […]

IBON Executive Director on Pres. Marcos Jr’s meeting with US Pres. Biden

May 2, 2023

IBON Executive Director on Pres. Marcos Jr’s meeting with US Pres. Biden

US military presence in the Philippines, 2016 to April 2023

April 20, 2023

Despite the Duterte administration’s posturing against the US in 2016, the global superpower has essentially maintained a huge military presence in the Philippines until today. Cumulatively, from 2016 to April 2023, there have been a total of 227 drills: 68 sea-related, 116 air-related and 143 land-related. US troops are also currently located in 9 EDCA […]

US troops double to record high in Balikatan 2023

April 3, 2023

The number of US troops involved in the Baliktan 2023 military exercises has doubled compared to previous years. This is because the Philippines remains strategically important for the US’ geopolitical dominance in the Indo-Pacific – as a center of global trade and commerce and amid China aggression in the West Philippine Sea. But this will not necessarily benefit the Philippines as it becomes another base for US hegemony and militarism.