A military exercise in which US and Philippine forces simulate repelling a foreign power that has seized control of a Manila-controlled island in the South China Sea is not meant to send a message to China, presidential spokesman Salvador Panelo insisted on Monday.Responding to a question by the South China Morning Post, Panelo was adamant that the Balikatan 2019 naval drills, which are taking place until Friday, were “regular military exercises jointly agreed upon by the two countries even…

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