Singapore offers help in PH war against terror
Singapore has offered to support the government’s fight against the Maute group, a band of local terrorists in Southern Philippines, by providing Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance (ISR) assistance.
At a meeting on July 19 at the Department of National Defense in Camp Aguinaldo, Singapore Defense Minister Ng Eng Hen told Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana that his country was ready to assist the Armed Forces of the Philippines in transporting supplies for the rehabilitation of Marawi City, as well as in training residents to rebuild communities.
“Singapore’s provision of a C-130 to help transport supplies and the provision of training regarding building up cities are the things that the AFP could readily avail of,” Lorenzana told reporters at the end of the meeting.
He said the Singapore official also offered the use of his country’s HA/DR Center to attract foreign aid in the rebuilding of the city. The HA/D center of Singapore was originally intended to assist Southeast Asian countries affected by natural calamities.
Singapore has been extending help in the Philippines’ war against local terrorists. It is one of the ASEAN countries which rallied support for the Philippines’ war against terrorism.
Lorenzana said that Singapore had sent response teams as a form of humanitarian aid to help the people of Tacloban City who were devastated by Typhoon Haiyan in the past.
The two countries are also top trading partners and have always supported each other in tourism initiatives. Singapore is also one of the top destinations for Overseas Filipino Workers.
Singapore will succeed the Philippines as the chairman of ASEAN in 2018.
“Coordination between the current and incoming chairs is the best practice that could be emulated by succeeding chairs of ASEAN to ensure the continuity of programs and projects already launched,” Lorenzana said.