The United States government has delivered more than 6 million rounds of ammunition to the Armed Forces of the Philippines for counterterrorism.
“The US government provided more than 5 million rounds of ammunition worth Php117.4 million ($2.2 million) to the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) for counterterrorism training,” the US Embassy in Manila said.
I noted that the ammunition was funded as a grant through the US Counterterrorism Train and Equip Program and will be used primarily by the Philippine Army’s Light Reaction Regiment and the AFP’s Joint Special Operations Group.
“The shipments included various types of live and practice 5.56 mm and 7.62 mm rounds, 12-gauge shotgun shells, .50-caliber rounds, and stun grenades. The ammunition was delivered to Clark Air Base in two deliveries on September 7 and 21,” the US Embassy said.
Additionally, the shipment included more than 1 million rounds of ammunition for the Philippine Air Force acqurired through the US Foreign Military Sales program.
“The United States, as a longstanding friend, partner, and ally of the Philippines, continues to provide support to the AFP through both grant assistance and expedited sales of arms and munitions to assist both long-term AFP modernization goals as well as urgent counterterrorism and humanitarian aid and disaster relief requirements,” the US Embassy said.