[News] Philippine Army troops to train under Israeli Defense Forces

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  Philippine Army troops to train under Israeli Defense Forces

Frances Mangosing - June 18, 2019
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MANILA, Philippines — Nearly 200 soldiers of the Philippine Army will 
undergo counter-terrorism training under the Israeli Defense Forces 
later this month.

The training is set for June 26 to July 4 at Fort Magsaysay, Nueva 
Ecija, Army spokesperson Lt. Col. Ramon Zagala told reporters Tuesday.

A total of 180 soldiers from various units of the Army, including the 
2nd, 5th, 7th, and 9th Infantry Divisions as well as the Special Forces 
Regiment, Scout Ranger Regiment, and Light Reaction Regiment will 
participate in the training.

Around 10 soldiers of the Israeli Defense Force will conduct the 
training, the first collaboration of its kind for the Philippines and 
Israel.

“Terrorism right now is ever present, so it’s important that we 
constantly learn and constantly take cues from other countries. Although 
they have different experiences, there are similarities, so it’s 
important that we establish a methodology on how to go about our 
anti-terrorism and combat techniques,” Zagala said.

Brig. Gen. Dan Goldfus, the head of the Israeli Defense Forces 
delegation, paid a courtesy call to Army chief Lt. Gen. Macairog Alberto 
on Monday.

The two exchanged views on terrorism and expressed interest to learn 
from each other’s experiences in fighting terror threats, Zagala said. 
(*Editor*: /Eden Estopace/)


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