ROK Army chief made a visit to Philippines

Philippines and Republic of Korea’s relationship was strengthened after ROK Army chief-of-staff General Kim Yo-Hwan’s visit at the Department of National Defense main office in Camp Aguinaldo, Quezon City on May 14.

“The people of Tacloban and nearby towns only had good things to say about the Araw Unit. We truly thank you,” Defense Secretary Voltaire Gazmin said to General Kim.

Secretary Gazmin also expressed satisfaction with the reliability of various KM trucks and ambulances acquired under the AFP Modernization Program from South Korea.

The defense secretary said he was “thankful for the ROK’s interest in the modernization of the Philippines.”

The country will also ordered 12 FA-50 lead-in fighter-trainers worth Php18.9 billion from South Korea. The first two FA-50 is expected to be delivered before the year ends.

Kim, who visited the Philippines for the first time, expressed his gratitude for the very warm hospitality he received during his stay in the country. He also said the deployment of the ‘Araw Unit’ is just one of South Korea’s expressions of gratitude for the Philippines help to Korea during the Korean War.