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US boosts PH anti-terror fight

July 8, 2021 Cristina Lee-Pisco 301 views

Officials from the Joint United States Military Assistance Group – Philippines (JUSMAG-P) delivered P48.5 million ($1 million) worth of new weapons and munitions to the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) at Clark Air Base on July 4, the United States Embassy in Manila said yesterday.

The delivery, funded by U.S. grant assistance, included fourteen (14) M2A1 .50 caliber heavy machine guns, seven (7) M240B machine guns, and thousands of rounds of ammunition. The delivery is intended to enhance the AFP’s counterterrorism capabilities and readiness.

“As the United States and Philippines celebrate 75 years of diplomatic relations today, we welcome this key equipment transfer, which will support the continued readiness of the Armed Forces of the Philippines,” said JUSMAG-P Chief and Senior Defense Official to the Philippines Col. Stephen Ma.

The Philippines is the largest recipient of U.S. military assistance in the Indo-Pacific. Since 2015, the United States has provided more than P48.6 billion ($1 billion) in security assistance to the Philippines.

This year, the United States and the Philippines are commemorating 70 years since the signing of the Mutual Defense Treaty, and this delivery continues the United States’ longstanding commitment to our Filipino allies.