(2 June 2023, Singapore) General Andres C. Centino, PA, Chief of Staff of the Armed Forces of the Philippines, delivered his remarks at the Special Session on “Challenges of Asia-Pacific Military Capability Development” at the 20th International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS) Shangri-La Dialogue on 2 June 2023.
In his remarks, General Centino mentioned that as a result of significant developments in the external security environment, the modernization priorities of the Philippines have shifted to “recalibrate the focus of the Armed Forces of the Philippines towards external defense, particularly on maritime security and fast-developing technological advancements”. He also underscored the importance of state partnerships with allies and security and partners in the region to maintain a stable and secure Asia-Pacific region.
Aside from the Philippine Armed Forces Chief of Staff, the following leaders spoke at the said Special Session: General Angus Campbell, Chief of the Defence Force, Australia; General Yoshida Yoshihide, Chief of Staff, Joint Staff, Japan Self-Defense Forces; and Admiral Linda Fagan, Commandant, US Coast Guard. The session was moderated by Dr Euan Graham, Shangri-La Dialogue Senior Fellow for Indo-Pacific Defence and Strategy.
For more information on the IISS Shangri-La Dialogue, please visit: https://www.iiss.org/events/shangri-la-dialogue/shangri-la-dialogue-2023/