Philippines, Spain inks intel protection pact

The Department of National Defense (DND) of the Philippines and the National Intelligence Center (CNI) of Spain inked on Thursday, November 4, 2021, a “Protection of Classified Information in the Field of Defense” agreement.

“Recognizing the importance of information sharing in fostering mutual understanding and closer cooperation between security partners, an agreement between the Department of National Defense (DND) of the Republic of the Philippines and the National Intelligence Center (CNI) of the Kingdom of Spain on the Protection of Classified Information in the Field of Defense, was signed on 4 November 2021 in Madrid,” DND spokesperson Arsenio Andolong said in a statement on Friday.

He further stressed that one of the highlights of Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana’s official visit to Spain is the signing of the agreement.

The agreement establishes a framework for the exchange of all classified information during bilateral defense cooperation, including, but not limited to, defense equipment acquisitions and technology transfer.

“It is an important step to further deepening Philippines-Spain defense relations, as the two countries both endeavor to develop their defense capabilities and promote their shared interest in a rules-based international order,” Andolong said.

Lorenzana met with Spanish Defense Minister Margarita Robles on November 2 to discuss issues of mutual interest, such as the need of bolstering Indo-Pacific partnerships, developing multilateral cooperation, and collectively addressing the global challenge of climate change.

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