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    From left, U.S. Marine Col. John A. Rutherford, Philippines Defense Chief Voltaire Gazmin, Philippine Foreign Affairs Secretary Albert Del Rosario, U.S. Ambassador to the Philippines Philip Goldberg and Philippine Armed Forces Chief Gen. Emmanuel Bautista, link arms following the opening ceremony of the joint U.S.-Philippines military exercise dubbed Balikatan 2014 (Shoulder-to-Shoulder) Monday, May 5, 2014 at the Armed Forces of the Philippines headquarters at suburban Quezon city, northeast of Manila, Philippines. More than 5,000 U.S. and Filipino troops have begun two weeks of military exercises to flex their muscle in jointly dealing with potential crisis in the Philippines, which is prone to natural disasters and has been locked in a dangerous standoff with China over a disputed shoal. This year's war games focuses on maritime security.(AP Photo/Bullit Marquez)


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    U.S. and Philippine military officers salute during the opening ceremony for the joint U.S.-Philippines military exercise dubbed Balikatan 2014 (Shoulder-to-Shoulder) Monday, May 5, 2014 at the Armed Forces of the Philippines headquarters at suburban Quezon city, northeast of Manila, Philippines. More than 5,000 U.S. and Filipino troops began two weeks of military exercises Monday to prepare to jointly deal with any potential crisis in the Philippines, which is prone to natural disasters and has been locked in a dangerous territorial standoff with China.(AP Photo/Bullit Marquez)


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    Military officers from the U.S., Philippines, Asutralia and others stand at attention during the entrance of the colors to signal the opening ceremony for the joint U.S.-Philippines military exercise dubbed Balikatan 2014 Monday, May 5, 2014 at the Armed Forces of the Philippines headquarters at suburban Quezon city, northeast of Manila, Philippines. More than 5,000 U.S. and Filipino troops began two weeks of military exercises Monday to prepare to jointly deal with any potential crisis in the Philippines, which is prone to natural disasters and has been locked in a dangerous territorial standoff with China.(AP Photo/Bullit Marquez)


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    Protesters shout slogans as they picket the headquarters of the Armed Forces of the Philippines to coincide with the opening ceremony of the joint U.S.-Philippines military exercise dubbed Balikatan 2014, Monday, May 5, 2014 at suburban Quezon city, northeast of Manila, Philippines. More than 5,000 U.S. and Filipino troops have begun two weeks of military exercises to flex their muscle in jointly dealing with potential crisis in the Philippines, which is prone to natural disasters and has been locked in a dangerous standoff with China over a disputed shoal. This year's war games focuses on maritime security. (AP Photo/Bullit Marquez)







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