• AFP, counterparts in Asean to show strengths at exhibit

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    THE Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) and its counterparts in neighboring Asean countries will display their respective capabilities at the first Asian Defense, Security and Crisis Management (ADAS) Exhibition to be held at the World Trade Center in Pasay City (Metro Manila) next week.

    The AFP will be represented by the Philippine Army in the three-day exhibition that will cover defense, security and disaster management products and services applicable to the ongoing modernization and capability upgrade programs of the Philippine military, Office of the Civil Defense, Philippine National Police, Philippine Coast Guard and other government agencies.

    Army spokesman Lt. Col. Noel Detoyato on Monday said the Army will showcase what it has got, including its humanitarian assistance and disaster response capabilities, by setting up a showroom for the duration of the event.

    He added that a half-day Army Senior Leaders Symposium that will be attended by the commanders from the Philippine Army major units will be held on July 17.

    President Benigno Aquino 3rd will be the guest of honor and speaker during the opening day.

    Department of National Defense Secretary Voltaire Gazmin, DND and AFP top officials and defense ministers and other officials from Asean countries have also been invited to the event.

    ADAS Exhibition 2014 is an inaugural defense and security event with 200 exhibitors from nine Asean member-countries and South Korea are expected to participate.

    It provides opportunity for bilateral talks and defense cooperation among the participating Asean countries.

    Asean (Association of Southeast Asian Nations) groups the Philippines, Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam.

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