Joint Philippine, Malaysia military exercises begin

Other News Materials 7 August 2008 11:37 (UTC +04:00)

Soldiers from the Philippines and Malaysia began joint military exercises Thursday in a northern Philippine city, a military spokesman said.

The war games, called Exercise Land Malphi 10/2008, involved 96 Filipino and 42 Malaysian troops, Lieutenant Colonel Romeo Brawner said.

The war games were being held at a Philippine Air Force base in Angeles City in Pampanga province, 60 kilometres north of Manila, reported dpa.

Brawner said the military exercises aim to develop "interoperability in the planning and conduct of operations in conventional war settings" between the two armies.

The nine-day war games were also expected to enhance camaraderie and goodwill between Filipino and Malaysian troops.