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Defense chief pleased with Senate ratification of SoVFA

Thursday, July 26, 2012

Defense chief pleased with Senate ratification of SoVFA


The Senate’s ratification of the Status of Visiting Forces Agreement (SoVFA) with Australia gives the Philippines another strong ally in addressing pressing security issues in the region, including the increasing tensions in the disputed West Philippine Sea or South China Sea.

This was according to Defense Secretary Voltaire Gazmin, who welcomed yesterday the Senate’s 17-1 vote on Tuesday for the ratification of SoVFA as a huge boost to the Armed Forces of the Philippines’ (AFP) capability through trainings and other exchanges with Australian military.

“That (ratification of SoVFA) is a big boost because we got another strong ally that will help us with the security issues in the region,” said Gazmin.

“We will have clear exchanges of information, exchanges of technology in our border security, maritime border security and it could also help us in our anti-terrorism campaign,” added Gazmin..... MORE

SourceThe Daily Tribune

URL: http://www.tribuneonline.org/index.php/nation/item/2045-defense-chief-pleased-with-senate-ratification-of-sovfa

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