Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana explained that the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) has long-standing instructions to intensify its intelligence gathering and counter-terrorism operations in the Asia-Pacific.
Lorenzana assured everyone that security forces are constantly monitoring possible terror threats to the country.
The statement was released after the recent comment of Admiral Harry Harris, Commander of the US Pacific Command, on the possibility of more attacks in the Asia-Pacific.
With threats crossing borders, Lorenzana also added with their counterparts in the ASEAN to monitor and address such threats. This is the reason behind why as early as July last year, they have already signed a Trilateral Defense Cooperation Agreement with Malaysia and Indonesia to strengthen joint efforts in fighting terrorism, piracy, and other crimes.
The said agreement reaffirms the continuous efforts in enhancing existing cooperation among the three countries through the enhancement of mutual cooperation and collaboration among militaries of the three countries.
Furthermore, Lorenzana said that they intensified the operations in the Southern Philippines by strengthening naval and air assets.
Lastly, he mentioned the instituted changes in the AFP leadership, in which placed people with extensive experience in Central and Western Mindanao Areas. – EPJA