Army leaders hold 2-day meet on curbing terrorism

By Priam Nepomuceno

March 20, 2018, 10:39 am

MANILA -- Ranking Philippine Army (PA) commanders will meet to discuss methods to defeat terror threats in their 11th Senior Leader's Conference (SLC) in Fort Bonifacio, Taguig City.

The two-day event started Tuesday and would end on Wednesday, PA spokesperson Lt. Col. Louie Villanueva said in a statement.

The 11th SLC would be held at the PA Officers Clubhouse, he added.

During the two-day conference, senior PA leaders would focus on the issues of violent extremism and terrorism as part of the Army’s sincere commitment to counter-terrorism response, Villanueva stressed.

Also, the 11th SLC seeks to keep senior PA leaders informed with the current programs, issues and other relevant developments affecting the organization.

It is also a platform where the participants may introduce and discuss new concepts and ideas that could contribute in addressing the various security issues besetting the country.

With the theme “Defeating Terrorism, Responding to a Global Challenge,” the PA invited guest speakers who would provide knowledge and perspectives concerning terrorism, its implications as well as possible solutions to counter it, Villanueva disclosed.

Some of the prominent personalities invited are Prof. Julkipli M. Wadi of the Institute of Islamic Studies of the University of the Philippines, Assistant Secretary Allan S. Cabanlong of the Department of Information and Communications Technology, Robert Francis B. Garcia of the Peace Advocates for Truth, Healing and Justice Organization, Sen. Gregorio B. Honasan II of the Senate Committee on National Defense and Security, Dr. Jolene Jerard of the Nanyang University – Rajaratnam Scool of International Studies and Director General Alex Paul I. Monteagudo, Ph.D. of the National Intelligence Coordinating Agency. (PNA)