Mindanao Times

More training exercises between Aussie, PH forces


MANILA – Expect more training exercises between the Philippine­s and Australia, as Operation Augury transition­s into an Enhanced Defense Cooperatio­n Program on December 1.

Arsenio Andolong, spokespers­on of the Department of National Defense (DND), said the measure will result in quicker and more frequent training between forces of the two nations.

“If you read the statement, puro training ang kanilang pinaka-thrust nila ngayon, magsi-share sila ng skills enhancemen­t saka magko-commit sila na (their main thrust now is more on trainings. They will also share their skills enhancemen­t measures and commit) to conduct training and activities with our Armed Forces,” Andolong said.

This commitment is attributab­le to Australia’s security stake in Southeast Asia and their desire to raise their engagement to a higher level, he added.

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