Australia and Philippines have agreed to intensify bilateral defence and intelligence cooperation in view of increasingly volatile situation in Pacific region.
The issues of bilateral defence and security cooperation were discussed in detail during the recent visit of Major General Erwin Bernard L. Neri, Chief of the Intelligence Service of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (ISAFP), to Australia.
“Strength of Philippines-Australia Defence Cooperation Reaffirmed in Visit of Chief of Intelligence Service of the Armed Forces of the Philippines to Australia”, said a brief statement issued by the embassy of Philippines.
Major General Erwin Bernard L. Neri during his visit to Canberra met with his counterparts in the Department of Defence of Australia on bilateral defence and security cooperation.
The statement further stated that Major General Erwin also met with other national security establishments in Australia as part of the growing defense cooperation between the Philippines and Australia.
Head of Intelligence Service of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (ISAFP) also called on Ma. Hellen B. De La Vega, Philippine Ambassador to Australia at the Philippine Embassy in Canberra, during his stay.
Earlier in June 2019, Gen. Benjamin Madrigal Jr., Chief of Staff of Armed forces of Philippines visited Canberra upon the invitation of General Angus Campbell, Chief of the Australian Defence Force June 2019.