US providing 1.4 billion pesos for PHL counterterrorism efforts

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United States Embassy in the Philippines announced today that the US government will contribute 26.5 million dollars, equivalent to 1.418 billion pesos, over the next two years to boost counterterrorism support for Philippine law enforcement agencies.

“I am proud to announce that the United States will contribute 1.418 billion pesos over the next two years to boost counterterrorism support for Philippine law enforcement agencies,” US Ambassador to the Philippines Sung Y. Kim said.

“Our joint efforts to confront shared threats to the peace and security of both of our countries is another powerful example of the depth and breadth of our relationship as friends, partners, and allies,” he added.

According to US Embassy, assistance will include training, equipment, and other support to build comprehensive law enforcement capacity within a rule of law framework to deny terrorist operations, funding, and movement; investigate and prosecute terrorism cases; and counter radicalization to violence and violent extremism.

“This support for non-military rule-of-law approaches to addressing terrorist threats will complement our sustained commitment to building the counterterrorism capabilities of the Armed Forces of the Philippines,” the US Embassy added.

Sources: https://ph.usembassy.gov/statement-by-us-ambassador-sung-y-kim-07192018/; https://ph.usembassy.gov/united-states-to-boost-counterterrorism-support-for-philippine-law-enforcement/