Philippine Army's elite troops in SG for urban warfare training

Philippine Army's elite troops in SG for urban warfare training

First the Australians, next are the Singaporeans.

Forty members of the elite members of the Philippine Army’s Special Operations Command were sent to Singapore  for a two week military operation and urban training.

There was a standing offer from the Singaporean government during the height of the Marawi crisis to provide much needed urban training for the Philippine troops in their very own counter terror facility in Singapore.  *
 members of the Philippine Army's Special Operations in Singapore for another round of urban warfare training( photo credit to Strait Times)

The training comes after after the second batch of Filipino soldiers just graduated from the Australian led urban training that was held in Camp Capinpin, Tanay, Rizal. There were 110 troops that participated in that training.

According to Army spokesperson Lt. Col. Ray Tiongson, the Singapore training will be held from Dec. 4-15.

A Facebook post,  by the Singapore defense minister Ng Eng Hen emphasized the need for Asean member states to work together to fight terrorism.

 “If extremists gain a foothold in any country around us, they will launch attacks against all ASEAN cities – that is the key lesson in dealing with Al Qaeda and ISIS. These groups can be defeated, but we will be stronger and that much more effective if we do it together,” he said.

The forty Filipino elite troops will be trained at the Murai Urban Training facility.

This professional exchange is mutually beneficial to SAF soldiers who would also be able to learn from their counter-terrorism fight in Marawi,” Ng said.

The Marawi crisis started last May 23, when government forces tried to serve the arrest warrant for the terrorist Isnilon Hapilon, which was considered as the emir of the Islamic State in Southeast Asia. *
It took  five months and a destroyed Marawi before the threat of the ISIS was neutralized. It was only last October 23, that Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana declared the termination of combat operations in Marawi City. A prior to that the Philippine troops successfully killed Isnilon Hapilon and Omar Maute, the main leaders of the terrorist group.

report from PDI

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