- US has pledged $26.5-M in counterterrorism support to the Philippines
- The assistance will be spread over two years
- It also vowed to support in investigating and prosecuting counterterrorism cases
MANILA, Philippines – The Philippines is set to receive $26.5-M in counterterrorism assistance from the United States government over the next two years.
The aid is expected to boost the Philippine law enforcement agencies’ effort to fight terrorism in the country, said a statement from the US Embassy.
“The United States is a proud ally of the Philippines and will continue to provide whole-of-government support and assistance to Philippine counterterrorism efforts as we work together to address shared threats to the peace and security of both of our countries,” read the statement.
According to the US Embassy, the assistance will cover training, equipment, and other support to build comprehensive law enforcement capacity within a rule of law framework in a bid to deny terrorist operations, funding, and movement.
— Ambassador Sung Kim (@USAmbManila) July 19, 2018
The US government also vowed its support in investigating and prosecuting counterterrorism cases as well as counter radicalization to violence and violent extremism.
This move, as a support for non-military rule-of-law approaches to addressing terrorist threats, will complement the US’ “sustained commitment to building the counterterrorism capabilities of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP)”.
This is not the first time the Duterte administration received assistance from the US governments despite the President’s criticism of US policy on the government’s war on drugs and on the West Philippine Sea dispute.
Two years ago, the US provided $32-M to the Philippines in support of its law enforcement efforts. Last year, it poured P730-M to help in the rehabilitation of the Marawi City.