CAMP GEN EMILIO AGUINALDO, Quezon City (DWDD) – The Philippines does not need the direct intervention of any “foreign armed forces” in dealing with Daesh-inspired terrorists in the country.
According to Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana, the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) have enough force to deal with any terrorist threat.
The secretary made the statement after his meeting with Australian Defense Minister Mariss Payne last Friday, September 8, at the Department of National Defense in Camp Gen Emilio Aguinaldo in Quezon City.
In connection with this, the secretary is thankful to the support given by Australia in the aspect of equipment and technical assistance which would be a big boost to the anti-terrorism campaign of the government.
Meanwhile, according to Australian Defense Minister Payne, they have troops in the Middle East helping fight Daesh (ISIS) and they see no problem in sending troops in the Philippines if requested.
Lorenzana added that the country would welcome the sending of Australian troops in the country, but not fight against Maute and other terror groups, but to train the AFP on information gathering and information analysis.
Defense Minister Payne assured the Philippines that they are ready and willing to expand the military cooperation between the two countries. AES / ALS