A.F.P. eyes trilateral military exercise with Indonesia, Malaysia

The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) is eyeing to hold a trilateral military exercise with Indonesia and Malaysia as it continuously train and equip in its effort become a modern military organization.

Defense Secretary Delfin N. Lorenzana said the country’s exercise with two of its neighbors should be a good sequel to the ongoing counterterrorism and anti-piracy operations with them at sea.

“We also have this trilateral exercise, naval patrols with navy, with Indonesia and Malaysia, not only maritime patrol, but also aerial patrol. So maybe we could also go into naval exercises with them in the future,” he said on Monday during the arrival ceremony for the contingent that participated in the Rim of the Pacific (Rimpac) exercise in Hawaii.

Lorenzana said that as the world faces growing maritime security challenges, there is a need for navies to work together to increase familiarity and exchange best practices as what the Filipino sailors have learned from the Rimpac.

 

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Rene P. Acosta covers defense, law enforcement and national security for the paper. He had written for a number of publications, including abroad before he joined BusinessMirror. His works had appeared in the Center for Strategic and International Studies and Asia Pacific Defense Forum, both in the US. He took up regional security with the International Visitor Leadership Program, US. He is currently the chairman of the board of the Defense Press Corps of the Philippines which he had headed in 2009.