MANILA – The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) on Wednesday welcomed a newly-designated Spanish defense attaché who made a courtesy call on AFP officials at Camp Aguinaldo in Quezon City.
“This enduring friendship and bilateral cooperation have been instrumental in various engagements and activities that support our mutual security interests,” AFP public affairs office chief, Navy Capt. Jonathan Zata said in a message to the Philippine News Agency (PNA) Thursday.
This came as Col. Martin Gil visited the AFP headquarters in Camp Aguinaldo.
“The courtesy call shows the continuous strengthening of the relationship between the Philippine and Spanish armed forces,” Zata said.
Gil was welcomed by AFP vice chief-of-staff Lt. Gen. Erickson Gloria, who represented AFP chief Lt. Gen. Jose Faustino Jr.
“Defense attaché system is a military tradition that is focused on enhancing and maintaining the relationship of the host and foreign countries through defense cooperation and exchanges between the two countries’ defense and armed forces,” Zata said.
Gil officially assumed his duties and responsibilities as defense attaché last August 1.
Gloria was joined by the AFP assistant deputy chief-of-staff for intelligence Brig. Gen. Charlton Sean Gaerlan and the head of the Foreign Liaison Division, Col. Jose Zuñiga, in welcoming the Spanish defense attaché. (PNA)