Philippine, Indonesian armies strengthen military ties

The Philippine Army (PA) welcomes the visit of the Indonesian Army (IA) as part of the two country’s efforts to strengthen its military ties here today, October 28.

During the courtesy call, Army Vice Commander Maj. Gen. Reynaldo M. Aquino and Deputy Assistant Chief of Staff for Security of the Tentra National Indonesia, Angkatan Darat (TNI AD) Brig. Gen. Djaka Budi Utama discussed both armies’ future cooperation in order to prepare its respective forces against evolving threats in their respective regions.

The two parties reiterated the importance of training exchanges and other bilateral activities to gain additional military skills as well as to boost Filipino-Indonesian camaraderie.

Moreover, as the PA expressed its interest in acquiring military supplies from the IA, it also offered to share its logistics best practices learned during the Battle of Marawi and other subject matter exchanges. On the other hand, the IA is looking forward to PA’s participation in the upcoming ASEAN Armies Rifle Meet 2019 to be held in their country.

“Strengthening our relationship with other military counterparts is essential in learning new capabilities that will capacitate our troops in addressing internal and external threats,” said Army Spokesperson Lt. Col. Ramon P. Zagala. PHILIPPINE ARMY