Philippine Defense Secretary Delfin N. Lorenzana and Singapore’s Minister of Defense Dr. Ng Eng Hen explained Singapore’s proposal of support during the official visit of Defense Minister Dr. Ng Eng Hen to Manila on July 18, 2017.
The challenge posed by violent extremism is a problem for all of us in the region; hence the Philippines could count on the support of Singapore in its fight against the Maute-ISIS in Marawi. This event was personally conveyed by Singapore’s Minister of Defense Dr. Ng Eng Hen to Secretary of National Defense Delfin N. Lorenzana when the two ministers met in Manila on July 18, 2017.
Secretary Lorenzana showed gratitude for Singapore’s proposal to give support for ISR (intelligence, surveillance, reconnaissance). Deliveries of supplies for the rehabilitation of the affected persons in Marawi and training relative to established up cities. Minister Ng also gave the utilization of Singapore’s HA/DR Center to protect foreign contributions for the repairing of Marawi.
Put up to coordinate international support to Southeast Asian countries devastated by natural calamities, Minister Ng told that the center could likewise be used for Marawi’s rehabilitation.
As acceptance of Singapore’s proposal, Secretary Lorenzana instructed the AFP to examine the ISR capabilities Singapore can give. Singapore’s provision of C-130 to help carry supplies and provision of training regarding reconstructing cities are things the AFP could readily avail of, Secretary Lorenzana said.