We got the news from Philippine Daily Inquirer and photos from the Colombia Army.
Thailand, Colombia, and The Phillippine currently facing some similar situation, the counter insurgency warfare. This kind of agreement might helps sharing the tactic and experience between each parties, leading to a win-win benefit.
Thailand and Philippine near agree with The Status of Visiting Force Agreement.
Draft RP-Thai military accord approved soon–AFP chief
By Joel Guinto
First Posted 16:06:00 07/01/2008
MANILA, Philippines — A draft military agreement between the Philippines and Thailand will be “approved soon,” Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) chief of staff General Alexander Yano assured his Thai counterpart on Tuesday.
Yano met with General Boonsrang Niumpradit, supreme commander of the Royal Thai Armed Forces, in his office in Camp Aguinaldo and said the visit “signifies the strong defense cooperation and security relation” between the two countries.
The Status of Visiting Forces Agreement (SOVFA) will pave the way for military exercises between the Philippines and Thailand, if approved, said AFP spokesman Lieutenant Colonel Ernesto Torres Jr.
“[Yano] said the agreement is expected to be approved soon,” Torres said of the two-year-old draft SOVFA.
The Philippines has a military agreement with only one country, the United States, its main military ally. Several joint exercises between are staged in the country every year.
A SOVFA with Australia has been signed by President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo and then Australian Prime Minister John Howard in May 2007 and is pending the ratification of the Philippine Senate.
The Philippines is also eyeing similar agreements with Brunei, Indonesia, Malaysia, and Singapore, defense officials have said.
Signing of Defense Agreement with Colombia by Supreme Commander or Royal Thai Armed Force General Boonsrang Niumpradit. This agreement especially focus on counter insurgency.