09 Jun '12, 4pm

Philippines, Singapore Consider Military Accord

MANILA, Philippines — The Philippines is studying a military training agreement with Singapore and is closely watching the progress of a similar accord with Australia for lessons, the Defense Department said June 9. The proposed Visiting Forces Agreement (VFA) would allow Philippine and Singaporean troops to train in each other’s countries, reviving joint exercises that were suspended in 1996, department spokesman Peter Galvez said. The department is looking at the experiences with both the Philippines’ existing VFA with the United States and a VFA bill with Australia being debated in the Senate, Galvez said. “They are collating all the experiences with the various agreements so we can craft a well-rounded VFA [with Singapore] that everyone can agree to,” he said. Singapore had a military training agreement with the Philippines in 1994 but joint exercises were suspended in...

Full article: http://www.defensenews.com/article/20120609/DEFREG03/3060...

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