by Philippine News Agency | September 5, 2019


MANILA — The Philippine Army (PA) Wednesday hosted representatives of the Defense Services Command and Staff College of Sri Lanka, who formally paid a visit to its headquarters in Fort Bonifacio, Taguig City as part of efforts to boost up military ties between the two nations.

“The activity aims to foster bilateral training and military diplomacy through the exchange of command experiences, knowledge, and strategies of both forces in defeating insurgencies in their respective countries,” PA spokesperson Lt. Col. Ramon Zagala said in a statement.

Also, PA chief-of-staff, Major Gen. Jesus B. Sarsagat, spearheaded the forum that tackled Disaster Response Training, Development of Cyber Security Operations, Civil-Military Operations, Counter-terrorism strategies as well as the importance of Army, Navy, and Air Force cooperation in addressing internal and external threats.

Group Captain Varuna Thushara Sampath Sirimanne and the other delegates also emphasized the vital role of the government and its leaders, not just in responding to threats but also in winning populace support, especially during their experience in the Sri Lankan Civil War that ended in 2009.

“The foreign academic travel is an appropriate opportunity for our defense forces to exchange ideas and information and build on our common aspirations and concerns to strengthen and friendship, as individuals, as institutions and as nations. Our transformation journey has taught us to put a premium and expertise that we learn from our allies and counterparts in the defense establishments,” Sarsagat said. (PNA)


By Priam Nepomuceno, September 5, 2019