- Japan donated 100 patrol cars to the PNP
- Hundreds of other police equipment were also donated
- Japan hopes the donation will strengthen bilateral cooperation against terrorism and violent extremism
Japan donated 100 patrol vehicles and other police equipment worth P225 million to the Philippine National Police (PNP) on Wednesday, November 29.
His Excellency Koji Haneda, the Japanese Ambassador to the Philippines, personally turned over the donations to PNP Chief Director General Ronald De la Rosa at the PNP headquarters in Camp Crame, where 40 Mitsubishi Montero SUVs were ceremonially parked.
According to the Inquirer, Japan has donated 87 Mitsubishi Montero SUVs, 13 Nissan Urvan vans, 6 bomb suits, 6 ballistic shields, 440 bullet-proof vests and 440 ballistic helmets.
During the turnover ceremony, Haneda said Japan hopes that the donation would help strengthen bilateral cooperation between the two countries against terrorism and violent extremism.
PNP chief De la Rosa said the Japanese government requested that the patrol cars be deployed in areas frequented by Japanese tourists.
“Sabi nila ‘itong lugar na ito maraming Hapon na nakatira. Lagyan niyo ng marami’….Yung suggestions are well taken properly kasi sa kanila nanggaling yan,” ABS-CBN quoted the PNP chief as saying.
[They said, “A lot of Japanese are living in this area. Put several there.” The suggestions are well-taken properly because they (patrol cars) were from them]