Australian Embassy
The Philippines
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PHILIPPINES TO BE A KEY RECIPIENT OF AUSTRALIA’S NEW REGIONAL COUNTER-TERRORISM PACKAGE

The Australian Government committed this week (9 May) an additional $92.6 million over the next four years to boost the capacity of regional countries, including the Philippines, to combat the continuing and evolving threat of terrorism.

The new measures, which were announced in Australia’s 2006-07 Budget, will build on existing regional cooperation in law enforcement, intelligence and border control. Details of the regional package can be found in the 9 May media release of Australia’s Foreign Minister, the Hon Alexander Downer MP, at www.foreignminister.gov.au.

In the Philippines, Australia’s regional counter-terrorism package may translate into:The Australian Embassy Chargé d’Affaires Pablo Kang said these measures would be explored further with the Philippine Government during upcoming bilateral Counter-Terrorism Consultations next month.

Australia values the close and mutually beneficial cooperation between Australia and the Philippines in combating terrorism, particularly the partnerships between our police and defence forces.

These measures are a further manifestation of Australia’s long-term commitment to peace and development in the Philippines.