Israel Defense Attaché to Philippines visits Army

The Defense Attaché of Israel to the Philippines paid a visit to the Philippine Army (PA) to discuss both armies’ future plans on exchange trainings to strengthen its capabilities in Fort Bonifacio today, January 22.

During the courtesy call rendered by Col. Shimon Edri to Army Commanding General Lt. Gen. Gilbert I. Gapay, the two Army officers talked about PA’s plans of conducting a longer training period as well as coming up with an army-to-army working group in order to further capacitate the force in addressing terrorism.

“Marawi is a major challenge for the Philippine Army to build its forces. [It] is a huge experience, but the main issue here is, not [to again face] another situation,” said Edri who also looks forward in sharing and gaining knowledge as well as techniques in countering terrorism threats.

Gapay and Edri also talked about PA’s equipment acquisition and transfer to be utilized by the exchange trainings. On the other hand, Edri mentioned to bring the right people to train the PA trainors.

“It is also the direction of the Army to really invest in these things and activities. Prospects are very bright for our army-to-army cooperation,” said Gapay. PHILIPPINE ARMY