The Philippine National Police (PNP) has bought 700 drones to beef up its law enforcement, security and safety activities against lawless groups like the New People’s Army (NPA).
“In other provincial mobile groups or other regional mobile groups, we do not have drones and it is not a standard to issue drones. Now, around 700 drone units are to be delivered and these will be deployed to various mobile groups,” PNP Police Director General Oscar Albayalde said.
“The use of drones in operations such as in rallies and internal security operations will now be a standard,” he added.
“It’s part of surveillance, for ambush sites. Remember, ambush sites are grounds occupied by enemies. You cannot just enter that unless you will send an advance team. But if you have drones, you can detect these a few meters before reaching the critical area. That is very important. If the enemies see that, they will be distracted,” he added.
The drones, worth PHP80,000 each, are set to be delivered either late this year or early next year.