U.S. PROVIDES $27-M COUNTERTERROR AID TO PHL
$27-million or P1.418 billion was provided by the United States (U.S.) as aid to the Philippines.
In a statement, U.S. Ambassador to the Philippines Sung Y. Kim said this is to boost counter-terrorism support for Philippine law enforcement agencies.
Kim further said that the Philippines and U.S.' joint efforts to confront shared threats to the peace and security of both countries is another powerful example of the depth of the Philippine-U.S. relationship as friends, partners, and allies.
The assistance will include equipment, training and other support programs aimed at boosting law enforcement capacity.
In relation to this, PNP chief Director General Oscar Albayalde said the Special Action Force (SAF) and other elite units of the Philippine National Police (PNP) may now join the US-Philippines Balikatan war games.
Further saying that his proposal to include elite police units in the Balikatan had been approved in principle by Ambassador Kim.
For the part of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP), Albayalde said he has already coordinated with the chief of staff of the AFP.
He said AFP has also agreed with the involvement of mobile forces beside the PNP elite group.