Israel, Philippines allies on military modernization, capability upgrade – Israel envoy

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Israel and the Philippines are friends and allies when it comes to military modernization and capability upgrade, and in these challenging times, both countries join forces to combat COVID-19. This was expressed by Israel Ambassador to the Philippines Rafael Harpaz during the turn over of donated 10,000 COVID-19 test kits to the Department of National Defense (DND).

Department of National Defense Secretary Delfin N. Lorenzana and Israel Ambassador Rafael Harpaz signing deed of donation and certificate of receipt for 10,000 COVID-19 test kits. Israel embassy photo

The said COVID-19 test kits were donated by Israel’s Ministry of Defense (MOD) – International Defense Cooperation Directorate (SIBAT).

DND Secretary Delfin Lorenzana was present during the turn over ceremony held November 5 at DND Social Hall, 3rd Floor, DND Building, Segundo Ave., Camp General Emilio Aguinaldo, Quezon City. Israel MOD-SIBAT was represented by Defense Attaché Mr. Raz Shabtay.

“I hope that this humble contribution will assist in those efforts while we wait for a vaccine,” Shabtay said.

Also present were designated Philippine Ambassador to Israel General Macairog Alberto, Asec. Leslie Baja of OMEAA, Usec. Raymundo DV Elefante of OUSFM, Asec. Teodoro Cirilo T. Torralba III of OASAIA, Asec. Jesus Rey R. Avilla of OASLA, and Asec. Hernando Caraig Jr. of OCD.