Phl troops gets boost from Israel


The Philippine Army announced on Tuesday that it will undergo counter-terrorism training under the Israeli Defense Forces set on 26 June to 4 July at the Fort Magsaysay in Nueva Ecija.

According to Army spokesperson Lt. Col. Ramon Zagala, 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.

He added that around 10 soldiers of the Israeli Defense Force will conduct the training, which is 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.

To recall, 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 and exchanged views on terrorism and expressed interest to learn from each other’s experiences in fighting terror threats.