Philippine army chief in Singapore to discuss counter-terrorism efforts

Commanding General of the Philippine Army, Lieutenant-General Rolando Joselito Delizo Bautista, calling on Minister for Defence Ng Eng Hen on July 3, 2018.
Commanding General of the Philippine Army, Lieutenant-General Rolando Joselito Delizo Bautista, calling on Minister for Defence Ng Eng Hen on July 3, 2018.PHOTO: MINDEF

SINGAPORE - The Commanding General of the Philippine Army is in Singapore for an introductory visit from Tuesday (July 3) to Wednesday (July 4) to discuss counter-terrorism efforts.

Lieutenant-General Rolando Joselito Delizo Bautista met Defence Minister Ng Eng Hen at the Ministry of Defence (Mindef) on Tuesday morning, Mindef said in a statement on Tuesday.

Dr Ng and Lt-Gen Bautista reaffirmed the friendly defence relations between Singapore and the Philippines and noted the good progress made in deepening the relationship between their armies.

"They also discussed the long-term nature of the terrorist threat in the region and the need for both countries to remain vigilant and sustain efforts in counter-terrorism," Mindef said.

The importance of the bilateral professional exchange programme n December 2017, which allowed for cross-sharing on urban operations between the two armies, was reaffirmed as well.

Lt-Gen Bautista also met the Chief of Defence Force, Lt-Gen Melvyn Ong, and the Chief of Army, Brigadier-General Goh Si Hou, after reviewing a guard of honour at Mindef.

He was due to visit the Safti Military Institute and the Murai Urban Training Facility later on Tuesday, where he will be briefed on the Centre for Army Lessons Learnt and the SAF's Next Gen Safti City, a training area.

Lt-Gen Bautista will discuss the Philippine Army's experience in combating terrorism in the city of Marawi, on the southern island of Mindanao, at the Asean Armies' Information Sharing Workshop on Wednesday.