Credit to Author: The Manila Times| Date: Tue, 12 Feb 2019 03:33:54 +0000
— Roy Narra (@tmtroynarra) February 12, 2019
The Japanese government donated bomb suits and other equipment to the Philippine National Police (PNP) to help authorities fight terrorism and crime.
Koji Haneda, the Japanese ambassador to the Philippines, presented 440 ballistic helmets, six units of bomb suits, and six units of ballistic shields to PNP Chief Oscar Albayalde in a turnover on Tuesday morning.
The bomb suits and ballistic shields will be given to the Explosive and Ordnance Detection units.
The ballistic helmets would be used by PNP personnel involved in the conduct of internal security and anti-terrorism operations.
Haneda said in his speech that this is part of Japan’s pledge to cooperate with the Philippines in advancing institutional capabilities to fight terrorism and drug-related crimes.
“As we challenge violent extremism in the region it is crucial now more than ever that Japan and the Philippines work together to enhance our collective capabilities keeping in mind that the safety of our people is of paramount importance. This is the rationale underlying Japan’s continuing support on partnership with the PNP,” he said.
Last year, the Japanese government donated 100 patrol cars to the PNP, and these were deployed in various regions.
ROY D.R. NARRA
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